Anthony Kiernan considers delays to family justice

Have people been putting their family cases on hold ahead of the new divorce law? With the legislation only just bedding in, it will be a while before a clear answer emerges.

The overall case count has been going down for more than a decade; and while the first quarter of 2022 saw 14 per cent more applications than the preceding three months, this variation could be merely seasonal – few want to divorce just before Christmas.

In fact, most clients have been advised that putting their cases on hold in anticipation of the no-fault divorce law may make their lives simpler. So, now that the law is in effect, will statistics show a rush of applications? Will the trend that has held since 2011 now buckle?


Anthony Kiernan
Thomas Mansfield Solicitors

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