If you’re applying for a divorce, then you’ll no doubt be aware of the fact that you’ll need to send all of your completed documents to a county court. What you may not be aware of, however, is that you do not necessarily need to submit your divorce paperwork to the court closest to you.
There is no jurisdictional reason why an individual that resides in Birmingham (which has one of the country’s busiest county courts) could not file their documents with Walsall county court, for example. Indeed, there is no reason why this individual could not file their documents as far afield as Swansea or Newcastle.
Many people assume that they will be at a disadvantage if they do not use a court that is nearby but, due to recent changes, there are no real drawbacks to filing your divorce documentation in a court located further afield. It was necessary to have some documents sworn before submitting them to the court previously and many people choose to have this done at the court prior to submission rather than pay a solicitor’s fee as a result. As this is no longer required, however, you would only need to attend the court if asked to do so by the judge that reviews your application for a divorce – something which is virtually unheard of when both parties consent to the divorce.
Should you choose a quieter court then your divorce will, generally speaking, be processed more swiftly. Additionally, as the court staff should have a lower workload, they will generally be more helpful and better positioned to assist you should it be required.
In order to find a selection of county courts near you, simply use Quickie Divorce’s court finder.
One final piece of advice: don’t assume that a court is quieter simply because of its location. Contact the court and enquire about their workload beforehand!