Divorce applications move online

Divorce applications move online

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Divorce applications are moving online because fewer errors in online applications mean divorces are finalised in 20 weeks on average.

From Monday September 13, legal representatives must submit all applications for divorce online using MyHMCTS.

The only exceptions are applications for civil partnership dissolution, judicial separation and nullity, which should be filed at the Bury St. Edmunds Regional Divorce Centre.

The change follows an update to the Family Procedure Rules made by the President of the Family Division in August.

MyHMCTS is an online service for issuing, paying for and managing applications in the civil and family courts, and tribunals.

Adam Lennon, Deputy Director, Family, said, “Covid -19 has shown how MyHMCTS helps us to provide a modern, reliable service. Applications are proceeding more smoothly, and we now return fewer than one per cent of online applications compared to around 20 per cent of paper applications for legal representatives to amend or provide more information. That means divorcing couples can move forward with their lives faster.

“We’re really pleased with the way the service has been adopted. Around 70 per cent of all divorce applications are now being made using MyHMCTS and it’s helping us to finalise divorces in an average of 20 weeks compared to around 60 weeks for paper applications,” he added.

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