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Fully online divorce application process is being tested across England and Wales

Over 130 online applications made in the first week

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has issued a press release confirming that: "Launched last year, the pilot initially allowed people seeking a divorce to use an online system which offers prompts and guidance to assist them in completing their application. They would then print off the form and send it to the court. This month HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has extended the service so that the application is now fully digital – submitting the form, sending the relevant documents, and payment.

It confirms that in the first week over 130 online applications were received and that, "The online system has drastically cut the number of applications being returned because of errors – showing a 90% improvement from paper forms."

The next stage will enable legal representatives to use the system.

For the press release click here

Responding to the announcement Resolution Chair Nigel Shepherd said:

"Resolution welcomes the move to a fully digital system, bringing divorce in line with many other government services which have been digitised for some time now.

Although the consequences of divorce, such as making arrangements for how parents will care for their children and sorting out the finances, can be complicated, the divorce itself is usually a relatively simple administrative process. Moving is online is a step in the right direction, provided it functions well for the couples, their legal representatives where they have them and anyone else involved. We hope to see positive results from this pilot."

For the full response click here.