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Centralised divorce processing due within a year says President

Comments made in judgment on the Italian divorce fraud cases

  • There will be fewer than 20 centres where divorce petitions will be issued by this time next year if the President's plans remain on track.

    This timescale was mentioned as part of his judgment in the Italian divorce fraud cases where at [99] he notes that the HMCTS are working at the moment to implement the plans set out in his View no 13 so that 

    "by this time next year there will be fewer than twenty, possibly as few as a dozen, places at which a divorce petition can be issued."

    This change, he hoped, would help to prevent similar fraud in the future though would not do so on its own so he also put forward two further suggestions at [100]

    "One is that both the petition for divorce and, in special procedure cases, the notice of application for decree nisi should require the completion of a statement of truth in a specified form next to a prominently displayed warning of the penalties for untruth. The other is that part of the process in the court office for issuing a divorce petition should include a search of the court's FamilyMan system to identify whether the address(es) given in the petition have been used in other cases. Each of these suggestions, it seems to me, merits careful consideration, though until such time as the court has up-to-date IT systems (which could no doubt be programmed to identify automatically any relevant addresses) I recognise that implementation of a standard search procedure will no doubt have resource implications."

News, published: 01/10/2014


See also

  • Judgment from The President concerning validity of 180 divorce petitions fraudulently obtained for non-domiciled Italian couples through the use of a single UK PO box address. The divorce petitions were set aside. Judgment, 01/10/2014, free

Published: 01/10/2014


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