HMCTS guidance on flagged Brexit-no exit cases: divorce and financial remedy

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has put arrangements in place to deal with any flagged Brexit-no exit divorce and financial remedy cases.

HMCTS has asked for cases to be submitted online where possible, as this prioritises your case and is a more reliable service to receive than the paper route via the postal system.

Courts and Tribunal Service Centres (CTSC), Regional Divorce Centres (RDCs) and Financial Remedy Centres (FRCs) are prioritising issues of these proceedings and are working towards getting these issued on the day of receipt.

HMCTS is working with the regions to make sure they’re aware of the priority of these type of cases.

Any other documents HMCTS receives by email not related to applications in the table below will be returned on the sender.

Type of application Online cases Paper cases
Divorce application

If using the online service, send a separate email detailing the case ID, parties and date of submission to onlineDFRjurisdiction@justice.gov.uk at the CTSC to flag that this is an urgent case to be issued prior to 31 December

Send via post to Bury St Edmunds Divorce Unit with a supporting letter flagging the urgency
FR consent application

If using the online service, send a separate email detailing the case ID, parties and date of submission to onlineDFRjurisdiction@justice.gov.uk at the CTSC to flag that this is an urgent case to be issued prior to 31 December

Send via post to Bury St Edmunds Divorce Unit with a supporting letter flagging the urgency
FR contested application

If using the online service in the North West, East Midlands, Central Family Court, North East and South East, see the list of FRCs (PDF) and send a separate email detailing the case ID, parties and date of submission to HMCTSFinancialRemedy@justice.gov.uk to flag that this is an urgent case to be issued prior to 31 December

Send via post to either:

  • Bury St Edmunds Divorce Unit with a supporting letter flagging the urgency
  • the relevant Financial Remedy Centre as per the list of FRCs (PDF)

The Practice Directions supporting both divorce and financial remedy digital cases are to be amended to remove the cut-off of 4.30pm, so that any case received up to 11pm on 31 December will be classed as being received.

The telephone number for any queries is 0300 303 0642.

Lines are open from 8am until 5pm Monday to Friday, but will be closed on:

  • Thursday 24 December
  • Friday 25 December
  • Monday 28 December
  • Thursday 31 December
  • Friday 1 January

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