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Posted 5 January 2017

Online Divorce

The Times recently published an article “Online divorces to spare couples time and trouble” reporting that couples will be able to divorce online in 2017 as part of plans that could put an end to fault-based divorces altogether.

Ministers will be piloting a project to allow divorces to be issued online, avoiding the need for paperwork and to save time. There were more than 110,000 divorces commenced in 2015. The plan is backed by England’s most senior Family Judge, Sir James Munby.

Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has not publicly committed to a date for when the online system will be available for use by the general public.  It is therefore not yet known when the system will be rolled out.

On the subject of “online divorce”, some separating couples opt to use online services to start their divorces which are often advertised as cheaper alternatives to using solicitors. These services provide very basic information and rarely provide comprehensive legal advice. It is therefore important that if you are considering a divorce, you take the right advice from specialist Family Lawyers. Contact Tozers’ experienced Family Law Team to arrange your no-obligation free initial consultation now.

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