The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides information following the creation of divorce centres and the centralised issue of proceedings. It explains the location of the divorce centres and when they came into operation. It also explains how this will affect financial remedy applications, Children Act 1989 applications, divorce proceedings and the issue of urgent applications and if a hearing is required where it will take place. For more information regarding changes to divorce centres and the Civil and Family Service Centre at Stoke on Trent, see Practice Note: The Courts and Tribunals Service Centre and divorce centres.
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.
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:
divorce petitions, and
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