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Divorce petitions made up 18% on same quarter in 2017

Latest Family Court Statistics published covering April to July 2018

  • There were 32,230 divorce petitions made during April to June 2018, up 18% from the same quarter in 2017 – the highest quarterly figure since the start of 2013, following a long period of stability around 28,000 petitions per quarter.

    In contrast, there were fewer 22,637 decrees absolutes granted in April to June 2018, down 15% compared to the same quarter in 2017.

    These statistics make an interesting comparison with the just published divorce figures for 2017 (reported here) that saw a drop of nearly 5% in divorces between opposite-sex couples.

    The report also shows that timeliness of these petitions is suffering. For those granted decree nisi in January to March 2018, the average time from the date of petition was 28.1 weeks, whilst the average time from petition to decree absolute was 54.4 weeks, the highest figures so far respectively for the periods covered by this bulletin. 

    Other notable insights revealed are that

    • the total number of case start rose 7% to 68,141 
    • the number of Domestic violence remedy order applications increased by 1% compared to the equivalent quarter in 2017, whilst the number of orders made increased by 4% over the same period.
    • there were 13,437 new Private law applications in April to June 2018, up 3% on the equivalent quarter in 2017
    • it took on average 26 weeks for Private law cases to reach a final order, i.e. case closure, up 3 weeks on the same period in 2017
    • the proportion of disposals where neither the applicant nor respondent had legal representation was 38%, an increase of 21 percentage points since April to June 2013. Correspondingly, the proportion of cases where both parties had legal representation dropped by 16 percentage points to 19% over the same period

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

News, published: 28/09/2018

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Published: 28/09/2018

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