The justice system is having a rehaul worth £1 Billion, and it includes a new and innovative scheme that will allow couples to get or initiate their divorce application online.
Its currently being tested on three sites in the UK, and the plan is to roll the new system within the coming months until it is used nationally.
It removes the need for couples for print out and fill in paper forms that then need to be handed or sent to the courts.
A spokeswoman for HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) said:
‘We have a world-leading legal system and are investing over £1bn to reform and enhance our courts to deliver swifter justice.
We have launched the first divorce application services online at three sites and will be extending the testing over the coming months. These measures will simplify the process for divorce applicants and help progress applications quickly.’
Collaborative lawyer and family law arbitrator, Tony Roe, who has assisted the HMCTS with the scheme also added:
‘HMCTS now has the online pilot running in Stoke (West Midlands) and Southampton (South West Region), as well as the original location, Nottingham (East Midlands). Additional features such as online pay and online submission are at a very advanced stage. Once introduced next year HMCTS will consider when is the right time to extend the service nationally.
HMCTS aims to start testing a live system with solicitors in the coming months, having run various sessions with lawyers in their firms, which I was happy to help with.’
The new scheme is hoped to reduce costs, and while the move has been met with approval from many, there have also been concerns raised regarding whether this would trivialise the process as it will make it easier.
In a new study, the impact of the current divorce system has been analysed.
The study has found that the current system which requires the need to prove grounds for a divorce creates a compulsion to lie and exaggerate any adultery or unreasonable behaviour.
This in term undermines the point if the justice system, as couples, often find themselves in even more conflict trying to prove the grounds.
The new no-fault divorce eliminates this need and would make way for “A clearer and more honest approach” as stated bt Prodesseior Liz Trinder, who worked on the research project.