Divorce and related financial disputes to be ‘de-linked’ and heard in separate Courts

Divorce and related financial disputes to be ‘de-linked’ and heard in separate Courts

In recent days, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has confirmed that divorce cases and lengthier financial disputes will be ‘de-linked’ and heard in separate Courts under a new scheme due to be rolled-out in February next year.

Unveiling the new ‘financial remedies’ Courts, which will begin to crop up across the country early next year, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, said that calls to separate such hearings had been “persuasively argued” by local authorities and family law bodies.

He confirmed that financial remedies Courts would initially be set-up in London, South East Wales and the West Midlands in February 2018 – with other regions expected to follow later in the year.

Earlier this week, Mr Munby said that ‘financial remedies hubs’ would be established all across the country as part of the roll-out of a wider pilot scheme – the timescale of which is yet to be officially confirmed.

In a circular, the President of the family Courts also indicated that he himself fully supported the move, which comes amid concerns surrounding the time taken to resolve complex divorce-related financial disputes.

Research highlighted in the press in recent days suggests that the average divorce case now takes approximately 49 weeks to resolve – but experts believe that this timeframe will be cut significantly under the proposed new system.