As from 3rd November 2014, all divorces will go to a regional central hub. In Huddersfield, the area that I practice in, the divorces will be issued out of Bradford.
It sounds like this could be really burdensome. In reality though, if divorces become defended, or there are applications made for financial provision, the proceedings will then be transferred to the “home” court.
It is not clear why the move has been made – save that it could be to prevent fraudulent petitions being issued out of multiple courts, and it could be to do with the fact that over the last few years, many courts have been closed down.
Again, the proof of the pudding is in the eating – we’ll have to see how it goes! It’s a good job most family lawyers are pretty adaptable!