Divorce centres
Divorce centres

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Divorce centres
  • Civil and Family Service Centre at Stoke on Trent
  • Divorce centres
  • What is the reason for the change?
  • Divorce centres—centralised issue of proceedings
  • Where are the divorce centres?
  • Proceedings for divorce, nullity and judicial separation
  • Dissolution proceedings
  • Financial remedy applications
  • Children Act 1989 applications
  • more

Civil and Family Service Centre at Stoke on Trent

The Practice Note sets out the current practice regarding the issue of divorce petitions and financial remedy applications in the 11 centralised divorce centres within England and Wales. Note however, that in May 2019 in his View from the President’s Chambers, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane confirmed that the 11 Divorce Service Centres are being phased out during the current 12-month period to be replaced by an online system based in the new national Civil and Family Service Centre at Stoke on Trent.

Divorce centres

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) established a network of 11 centralised divorce centres within England and Wales to be the main point of entry across the single Family Court for the issue of:

  1. divorce petitions, and

  2. financial remedy applications

In January 2018, the then President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, issued his 18th View from the President’s Chambers and announced the launch of the Financial Remedies Court pilots and the proposed structure and geography of the Financial Remedies Court, see News Analysis: President issues 18th View as to Financial Remedy Court pilots and standard orders. Subsequently a national lead judge and deputy lead judge have been appointed and guidance was issued in November 2019 as to the Financial Remedies Court zones and