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Researchers found that in 14 per cent of the more than 100,000 divorce cases in England and Wales each year one spouse failed to respond, which can significantly slow the process.

Of those cases, nearly half fail to reach decree nisi while others take an average of seven and half months to complete after the petition was issued.

Analysis from the Nuffield Foundation, a charitable trust that investigates social issues, found that non-response to divorce petitions was more likely in cases featuring allegations of domestic abuse or coercive control.

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