Divorce centre delays
12 June 2018
Centralisation of the divorce process started in 2014. Bury St Edmunds (BSE), the divorce centre for London & the South East, went live the following year. At the time, BSE envisaged issuing around 40,000 divorce petitions per year.
So how is BSE doing now?
Enquiries made by divorce & family law solicitor, Tony Roe, principal of Berkshire-based Tony Roe Solicitors, on 12 June 2018, BSE gave the following information about what it is processing and where its delays lie:
- Petitions received on 22 May 2018: 3 weeks ago
- Acknowledgements of Service received on 3 May: 5 weeks+
- Decrees Nisi applications received on 2 May: 5 weeks+
- Letters & emails received on 23 April: 7 weeks+
- Forms A received on 22 May: 3 weeks
- Consent order applications recd 22 May: 3 weeks.
Tony Roe, says, "These delays are very worrying. The lives of our clients are on hold until their divorce and related financial aspects are concluded. I have taken this issue up with the Chief Executive of the court service but have yet to receive a reply".