Over the weekend there have been a couple of very misleading news stories about the changes in the administration of divorce paperwork.
Misleading aspects of the news articles:
- It will not be possible to attend a divorce centre and get a divorce over the counter in 24-48 hours.
- The process of getting a divorce remains the same, it is not as easy as getting a television licence.
- A divorce is a paperwork exercise, it does not deal with the financial issues and how they are dealt with has not changed.
As lawyers we are all for simplifying the divorce process but articles like this can be very misleading and cause confusion for people trying to sort out their own divorce paperwork without lawyers. If you have any concerns about the paperwork you are trying to sort out yourself please do contact a member of our family team.
Over-the-counter divorces will be available to couples at a network of regional ‘centres’ - meaning most cases will be taken out of the courts. The move could make the process as simple as obtaining a television licence, and the paperwork will be processed by administrative staff rather than judges - although the final decree will still have to be approved by a district judge.