The President of the Family Division, Sir James Mumby, has announced that there are plans to digitise the divorce process by early next year. Currently, divorces are submitted to court by post but it may be that next year the process will be online, with paperwork submitted by email or through an online portal.
There are no definite plans to change the law on divorce, which still requires one of the parties to start the proceedings and base it on one fact (separation, adultery or unreasonable behaviour), and not simply that the marriage has broken down, although there has been a lot of speculation about the possibility of introducing so-called “no fault” divorce.
The change is part of a process of court changes which have included in recent times the closure of several courts and the centralising of processing of divorces for the South East in Bury St Edmunds. Another wave of court closures is due to take place between now and 2017, with a reduction in court capacity by around 20%. Local courts affected include St Albans, Harlow, Colchester and Ipswich If you have some questions about how this may affect you, or about any family issue, please do not hesitate to contact Zen Thompson, one of our family solicitors and mediators, on 01279 755777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org