Birmingham tops UK list of divorce hotspots

Divorce|News|February 20th 2013

More couples filed for divorce in Birmingham last year than anywhere else outside Greater London, according to new figures from the Ministry of Justice.

Precisely 2,977 divorce petitions were filed at the Birmingham Civil Justice Centre and Family Courts in the year to September 2012.. Weston-super-Mare County Court closely followed the West Midlands metropolis, with 2,437 petitions in the same period. The number three spot reportedly goes to Leicester County Court, which saw a more modest 1,831 divorce petitions filed last year.

Chelmsford County and Family Proceedings Court, meanwhile, saw only 1,567 divorces initiated in 2012, earning it the number ten spot in the Ministry’s list.

Family Justice Minister Lord McNally urged divorcing couples to consider the benefits of mediation:

“All too often I hear stories of families going through expensive and traumatic court hearings but we know that when working out how to split assets and arrange time with the children, mediation is a far simpler and cheaper approach for everyone and leads to better outcomes…”

He added: “The average time for a mediated case is 110 days compared to 435 days for non-mediated cases. The government has already announced that it expects to spend £25 million to support publicly-funded mediation this year.”

Photo by Kaihsu Tai via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence

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