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Divorce Delays

21 October 2019

Sharon McKie

Whilst the number of divorce petitions filed in England and Wales has fallen by thirteen percent in April to June 2019, the average wait for a decree nisi has increased by five weeks and the decree absolute by three weeks (Lexis Nexis). This is despite the introduction of an online system in May 2018, which sees forty percent of petitions filed this way. 

Waiting times are now thirty three weeks for decree nisi and fifty eight weeks for decree absolute.  The increase in waiting times may have been caused by the closure of some divorce centres and the amalgamation of others.  Locally the divorce centre was at Doncaster, however Doncaster no longer accepts divorce petitions which now have to be filed at Bradford. 

If you are thinking of divorcing, Taylor Bracewell offers a free legal clinic every Thursday between 11am and 3pm at their Sheffield office on Paradise Square.  If you are in the Doncaster area, there will be a free clinic at the Thorne Road office on the 30th October, between 2pm and 4pm.