Following on from my post at the start of the week, in which we reported that few parties are currently deciding to divorce or separate, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has just published some interesting statistics. From April to June 2020, the MoJ's statistics show a "significant" decreases in "most types of family justice"’ due to the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and associated measures. 

The statistics show a decrease in the number of cases started (56,867, a 13% drop from April–June 2019), and longer time taken to complete divorce proceedings—down from 14 weeks from petition to decree nisi, to 23 weeks, and decree absolute is now at 47 weeks average from 31 weeks. In addition, 18% fewer divorce petitions have been filed and 5% fewer decree absolutes. 

The MoJ is now launching a consultation to look at specific developments and to prioritise improvements—the consultation closes on 17 December 2020. All responses to the consultation are submitted via an online survey.

The statistics also confirm a 24% increase in domestic violence remedy order applications, and that the number of orders made increased by 17%

However, if you need to discuss your needs with a family solicitor, our team of experts are on hand to offer support and advice. Contact us today on 02380 221344 or email us at

Source: Family Court Statistics Quarterly: April to June 2020