The UK's most senior family court judge, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has said that he expects the overwhelming majority of divorces to be processed online by the end of 2019.
Together with the government's proposals to introduce 'no fault' divorce legislation to parliament as soon as reasonably possible, this is another reform aimed at making the divorce process quicker and easier. A successful pilot scheme for litigants themselves began in May 2018, followed by a separate pilot scheme for solicitors to file paperwork online. These now look set to be rolled out across the country.
It is important to note that, in addition to the divorce paperwork itself, it is essential for divorcing spouses to have a court order drawn up to deal with their finances. These are more complex documents than divorce petitions. However, a third pilot scheme is now underway, aimed at enabling these court orders to be submitted online as well, and family lawyers will be waiting with interest for the results.
Divorce to be wholly online “within months”