The President of the Family Division has provided further details of new Specialist Courts being highlighted to deal with the financial aspects of divorce proceedings.
The Courts have been initially piloted in London, the West Midlands and South East Wales. Further pilots will follow after Easter starting with the rest of the Midlands Circuit, the North East and parts of the South East.
The basic concept of the Specialist Courts builds on the Family Court and 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 region hubs and some financial remedies hearing centres within the hub area. Announcements are expected shortly for the appointment of the FCR Hub Judges.
Specialist Courts have been widely welcomes by family practitioners. Unhappily, at present some complex financial remedy cases can be decided by Judges who have little experience of family law and who are not specialist in the field. In addition, more and more parties are representing themselves in Court proceedings in a very complex area. These cases can be emotionally draining as well has having a massive financial impact upon the parties.