HM Courts and Tribunals Service are making changes in the way they work following the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which enabled legal advisers to deal with applications for uncontested decrees nisi of divorce and with directions for trial. Before it was District Judges who did this work.
The country, this is England and Wales, will have 11 divorce centres at which legal advisers will consider these types of applications. Divorce Centres in the South of England are : the South West, at Southampton and London and South East based in Bury St Edmunds. The transfer of divorce work is to be phased in. The changes will start in South West in February/April 2015 and in London and South East April/October 2015.
In practise this means that unless the case is urgent applications for divorce and financial remedies have to be sent to a divorce centre.
How to find the correct divorce centre? Use the Court and Tribunal Service finder: courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/search