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Bury StEdmunds divorce court delays

Posted by Soonbefree 
Bury StEdmunds divorce court delays
November 21, 2021 10:45AM
Separated for 5 years after a 23 year marriage with one teenage daughter on an apprenticeship.
Applied for decree nisi which has been transferred to the new divorce court in Bury StEdmunds, despite us living in Yorkshire.
The idea of the supercentre was that it should process about half of the UK divorce applications and reduce time for decree nisi to a week, whilst freeing up local courts for other family business.
Paperwork submitted early April, went on to the judges waiting list (a further ten weeks) beginning november.
Decree nisi taking at least 9 months as solicitors all having problems with Bury StEdmunds, which appears to be understaffed and mainly using paper systems.
Noone knows whats going on there. Emails not answered, very little tracking of paperwork etc.

Financial agreement ready.
A lot of financials (especially with pensions) go to an independant financial assessment based on needs.
Offsetting is now frowned upon as it leaves one partner property rich, cash poor.
Her solicitors wording throws all the blame on to me. You have to rise above these things, and concentrate on the actual financials.
The reasoning probably won't sway a judge too much.
Pension split approx 60/40 in her favour.
House split equally, her to remortgage to buy out my half.

What many people might not realise is that, if you move out, the family home is no longer considered to be your main residence after a few months. Any gains in equity can be subject to capital gain tax after that. Given the delays in decree nisi, this is catching a lot of people out.

So after beginning divorce paperwork in April, my solicitor says decree absolute might be achievable after about 1 year.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/21/2021 10:52AM by Soonbefree.
Re: Bury StEdmunds divorce court delays
November 21, 2021 04:22PM
>>The idea of the supercentre was that it should process about half of the UK divorce applications and reduce time for decree nisi to a week, whilst freeing up local courts for other family business.<<

Yes, and every divorce solicitor could and would have told them exactly what would happen - ie endless 'backlogs', staff with no accountability, paperwork being rejected by clerks who are not legally qualified causing further delays, paperwork being 'lost', files disappearing when being transferred to another court to hear financial matters etc, etc. There was a time when I could sometimes get decree absolute within 10 weeks of a divorce petition. Those days are long since gone thanks to so called 'supercentres' like Bury St Edmunds
Re: Bury StEdmunds divorce court delays
November 22, 2021 11:38AM
Someone I know used to work for the Courts Service and she was regularly roped in to drive to Bury St Edmunds to help them out on overtime, even hiring a car for her to drive there because they were in that much of a mess. I can only assume they have gone further backwards with the pandemic.
Re: Bury StEdmunds divorce court delays
November 23, 2021 05:30PM
I am also currently waiting for BSE to process my Nisi. I have been told there is a 13 week delay. I have waited 7 weeks so far. Prolonging the agony!
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