The courts have been trialling an online divorce process for litigants in person and the results seem to suggest that the process is much quicker. This is yet to be rolled out for solicitors to access but it is hoped that this will improve the service and speed for those divorcing.
Unfortunately the divorce process is only part of what needs to be resolved at separation, as along with the legal dissolution of the marriage the financial issues and child arrangements need to be agreed and dealt with. It is vitally important that these are not overlooked as failing to sort these issues out can cause significant issues, costs and claims later.
It is also very important not to finalise the divorce (by applying for Decree Absolute) until the financial issues are resolved as this can effect the pension rights and claims that can be made in certain situations. Remarrying without resolving the financial issues in a court order can also have significant consequences.
If you need any help with understanding the divorce process, or consequences of the same please do not hesitate to contact me. More information about divorce can be found at:-
Lord Burnett said that 2,600 people had used the online service, which had “enormous benefits” and was “the shape of things to come”. He said that the application process took about 25 minutes — half the time it takes to fill out paper forms — and had a 0.5 per rejection rate for errors, compared with 40 per cent for traditional paper forms.