Delays for divorcing couples have doubled because of coronavirus court backlogs that is forcing them to wait up to 18 months to legally separate, leading lawyers say.

Some who applied to divorce before the pandemic have had to spend four months locked down together in the same house while law firms are reporting increases of 50 per cent in couples seeking to separate since March.

“I had clients who had started court proceedings pre-Covid and their entire lives were put on hold. Some were still living together and had to spend four months in the same house. Now coming out of lockdown four months down the line and they still haven’t got resolution," comments Russell-Cooke senior associate Jemma Pollock. 

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Jemma is a senior associate solicitor in the family team. She advises clients on a broad range of family matters including divorce and financial matters following separation and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. She has significant experience of cohabitation and property disputes between both separating couples and family members, as well as in private law children matters including international relocation cases

Jemma is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in cases involving complex financial remedies upon separation and financial provision for children. Her experience includes working not only for couples who are married or cohabiting, but also for wider family members, business partners and joint property owners.