Online divorce hoping to cut delays
The online divorce process, designed to cut delays in the divorce process, and which is currently available to individuals only, has faced criticism for offering no legal advice or guidance. The process is also causing problems with lay people who are unaware of the certain pitfalls of not getting such advice, thus leading to delays in any event, notwithstanding offering no protection to the individual in the long term.
Recognising this, HM Courts & Tribunals Service have now rolled out a Solicitor extension to the online “Get a Divorce” system via a pilot scheme, removing the requirement of the traditional paper-based divorce system, to four law firms in Berkshire and London. It now remains to be seen whether this digital application speeds the divorce process up for these firms, and whether this practice can be practicably adopted by all.
Carol Robinson is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors.