We are still receiving information about the new centralisation of the divorce courts, even though these changes are due to take effect over the next few months.
In theory it makes sense to create just a few centres that will process all divorce petitions nationwide if they will make the whole process quicker and more efficient. I will be interested to see what this means in practice though, as it is already difficult enough to find out the progress of applications we issue at certain courts already!
I have also had certain divorces where we want the papers issued as quickly as possible, for example because the sale of a property is imminent, but they do not fall within the category the court would regard as urgent, and we can only hope that the new system will be prepared to give these applications the swift attention they need.
Resolution and HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) have released information about current and future moves to central divorce centres. Divorce centres will usually be the only points of entry across the single family court for the issuing of divorce petitions and financial remedy applications.