The entire process can now be completed online, without the need for the normal paper forms, with prompts and guidance offered to help those completing an application. It is even possible to upload supporting evidence, as well as paying the costs via the internet. As Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court said, this “must be the way of the future”.
Whilst this system is undoubtedly a necessary move into the future for the divorce process in England and Wales (the government say that the online service has already contributed to a 95% drop in the number of applications being returned because of mistakes), going through the divorce process yourself, without any independent legal advice, should be viewed with extreme caution.
In England and Wales, there is no such thing as a “no fault” divorce. Even if both you and your spouse agree that you want to get a divorce, you will still have to prove that your marriage has irretrievably broken down.
In order to do this, you will need to provide reasons:
We would always recommend that it is a good idea to obtain expert legal advice before choosing your grounds for divorce.
A good solicitor should be able to recommend which grounds would be appropriate in your circumstances. Sometimes, it can also be a good idea for your solicitor to communicate with your spouse’s solicitors in order to discuss the grounds and make sure that all parties are agreed, so that a challenge to the divorce may be much less likely.
While the online system is very good at letting you know if you have made an error, there are some things that it simply will not spot, which could result in your application being returned to you and unnecessarily lengthening the process.
An experienced solicitor can check your divorce application for you, whether it’s online or in paper format and ensure that everything is correct and ready to go, in order to ensure that your divorce goes through as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Our expert divorce and family law solicitors can help you with a range of legal issues, including:
For more information on your divorce options, call our divorce solicitors on 0845 862 5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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