A £1billion reform to the justice system has meant that Nottingham is now one of three places to pilot an Online Divorce scheme. The Ministry of Justice has announced that it is looking to extend the incentive to other centres, in an effort to save the government money, and time for those looking to divorce.
The East Midlands Regional Divorce Centre are testing the scheme, with the process allowing participants to type up the details of their divorce online, before saving and printing the application. It is then filed in accordance with the existing Court procedure. Through this reduction of paperwork, the hope is that applications will be processed quicker, permitting the form is filled out correctly and responded to in sufficient time.
If you are thinking about an online divorce, you may wish to consider:
- Are your forms filled out correctly?
Despite the perceived simplicity of an online divorce, failure to complete the form correctly will delay the process, and may result in additional fees to amend the petition.
- Court fees still apply
The ease of application infers a low cost method of divorce. However, court fees are not to be overlooked, with a £550 fee unless you are entitled to a fee exemption or a reduction in the fee which is decided by the Court.
The scheme only applies to divorces that were uncontested, and to participants who meet a certain criteria. However, this isn’t the last we’ll see on the topic of online divorces, with the trial set to expand across the UK, and the Ministry of Justice announcing plans to make the entire process digital.
The other issues often associated with divorce are children and finances (including pensions.) These issues may require personal and informed guidance that far exceed the prompts of reformed online divorce services.
If you are interested in any of the topics raised in this article, or for any further information concerning Family Law, please contact Cristina on 01949 830 804. Alternatively, you can call to speak to a member of our team on 0115 9888 777.