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Average time for Decree Absolute now 56 weeks

Up 7 weeks on same quarter last year

  • The average time from petition to Decree Nisi was 31 weeks and for Decree Absolute was 56 weeks in the quarter from July to September 2018. Both indicators were up 7 weeks compared to the equivalent quarter 2017 as revealed in the latest Family Courts Statistics Quarterly.  

    The latest figures also revealed that  

    66,118 new cases were started in Family courts in July to September 2018, up 1% on July to September 2017, driven by a 7% rise in matrimonial cases started (mainly divorce proceedings, which is more in line with usual quarterly volumes after last quarter's substantial rise).  

    the number of domestic violence remedy order applications decreased by 5% compared to the equivalent quarter in 2017, which had seen higher than usual volumes. The number of orders made decreased by 1% over the same period.  

    The full report can be found on the Gov.uk website.

News, published: 13/12/2018

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Published: 13/12/2018

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