GOOD DIVORCE WEEK
At Penmans Solicitors LLP we are supporting Resolution’s Good Divorce Week which is highlighting why the Government must support better advice for separating families
Exclusive research from Resolution lays bare the human suffering and cost caused by family court delays
As always we offer 30-minute free advice sessions to all new clients during Good Divorce Week to promote the benefits of early intervention in family matters.
Good Divorce Week (28th Nov – 2nd Dec), is an annual awareness campaign run by Resolution, an organisation that represents over 6500 family professionals, which helps people find a better way to divorce.
Divorces are on the increase again with the most recent statistics showing 113,000 divorces in 2021 – up nearly 10% on the previous year – and the impact on wait times is stark. On average it now takes 52 weeks to conclude divorce proceedings.
In addition, official figures show that while private children cases were down by 7% during the last year, they are taking on average six weeks longer to reach a conclusion. Estimates suggest it takes nearly two years to resolve financial matters.
That leaves many families in limbo for over a year. That has a knock-on effect on children’s schooling and family finances.
Court backlogs are wreaking havoc on local families in Coventry & Warwickshire. Even couples who want to separate amicably are having their patience and their continued relationship tested to breaking point by long delays. When it comes to sorting out children arrangements and finances after divorce, the situation is even bleaker.
Children are waiting nearly a year for the courts to determine which parent they live with, what school they go to, how much time they spend with the other parent – putting the whole family’s life on hold. This is simply unacceptable and another reason why getting early professional advice is so important for families.
Juliet Harvey, national chair of Resolution, said: “Under resourcing the family courts system is a false economy inflicting unnecessary pressure on the public purse and unconscionable stress on families at an already stressful time in their lives. If the government were to focus more on encouraging early advice for separating couples and including information about all out of court options it could ease the pressure on family courts. Resolution members are doing their best to help families achieve better outcomes and find long-lasting resolutions.”
If you have any family law queries about your relationship, finances or children, then please call us on: 01926 858222 asking for Sanjay Solanki or Donna Weston.