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Changes to Divorce Proceedings Occur Across England and Wales, the Legal Team Comments

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Updated 4:15 AM CDT, Tue, April 28,2015

Doncaster, England -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/28/2015 -- Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)is creating 11 designated divorce centres across England and Wales, where the majority ofuncontested decree nisiapplications will be handled by specialist Legal Advisers, as opposed to the usual district judges.

The idea behind the change is to speed up the divorce process and increase efficiency.Designated specialists at the centres will be dealing solely with routine divorce applications;this willin turn free up time in the courts for other cases to be given more time and attention.

The centres will be located across England: Durham, Doncaster, Harrogate, Bradford, Liverpool, Nottingham, Stoke, Southampton and Bury St. Edmunds, and in Wales at Neath, Newport and Wrexham. Divorce work will be transferred to the centres in a phased approach, to be completed by October 2015.

In order to ensure procedures are dealt with correctly, district judges will oversee work at the centres and handle any disputed divorces, annulments and legal separation applications; legal advisors can not make decisions about financial remedy cases, again district judges will handle this work.

If a hearing is necessary for a specific case, arrangements will be made in the client's local court The Legal Team, a consortium of lawyers who deal in divorce law has commented on the recent changes: "it is anticipated that the divorce centres will become centres of expertise, with services being improved and creating additional court time for more complex matters.

"The changes are already underway. Whilst there have been teething problems, this is to be expected given the extent of the changes and in time and with patience and training it is hoped that the centres will indeed become centres of expertise."

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