Specialist Courts dealing with the financial aspects of divorce proceedings are to the piloted early next year as part of wider efforts to separate divorce administratively from its financial consequences.
Setting out the blue print last week, the President of the Family Division said the basic concept of the specialist Courts will be built on the Family Court and the Court of Protection models. Each circuit will typically have two regional hubs headed by a lead judge expert in financial remedy work. Hearings will be conducted at the regional hubs and some financial remedies hearing centres within the hub area.
The Courts will function separately from the regional divorce centres. They will initially handle paper files. The recommendations follow the success of the pilot in the South West regional divorce centre.
The President says his aim is of introducing a more streamline process cutting by up to 2 weeks delays experienced by Court users as files are transferred between Courts.
Judicial involvement in the divorce process is limited. In contrast, judicial involvement in money claims is significant. Concentrating divorce cases in a limited number of reasonable divorce centres, is putting the administration of ancillary relief under “unnecessary and avoidable strains” the President has previously argued.
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