According to the figures recently published by the Ministry of Justice for the quarter January to March 2019 the number of new private law children applications to the Court has increased by 12% on the equivalent quarter in 2018, raising to 14,131.
These cases involved over 32,000 children. If faced with having to make a private law children application to the Court how long can you expect the case to take to final order? Not surprisingly, the average length of time between the issue of proceedings and case closure has increased to 29 weeks, an increase of 4 weeks on the same period in 2018.
The statistics show a similar picture for divorce. Between January and March 2019, 29,136 new divorce petitions were filed, that’s an increase of 6% on the same quarter in 2018. Of particular cause for concern is the increase in the time taken in the Court to process the divorce petition to decree absolute. The Ministry of Justice figures show the average time from petition to decree absolute has risen to 59 weeks.
As a firm dealing with family law, we understand the difficulties such delays can have both emotionally and financially on our client’s and their families. Whilst we cannot rectify the delays caused by a clearly overburdened Court system, we can offer you sound legal advice and practical support in these difficult times.
Where there are Court delays family mediation can play a vital role in assisting the parties to resolve matters fully or bridge the gap by dealing with pressing matters before the case can be heard by the Court.