Ctrl, Alt + Divorce? Fully digital divorce applications are now available

 
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Fully digital divorce applications are now available to the public, the Ministry of Justice announced today.

The process of ending a marriage can now be done without paper forms, following a testing phase which dealt with 1,000 cases.

Some 91 per cent of people said they were satisfied with the service during the trial.

The online process offers prompts and guidance to assist people in completing their application, and everything can be done digitally: from uploading evidence to payment.

"Allowing divorce applications to be made online will help make sure we are best supporting people going through an often difficult and painful time," said justice minister Lucy Frazer.

"More people will have the option of moving from paper-based processes to online systems which will cut waste, speed up services which can be safely expedited, and otherwise better fit with modern day life."

The government said that the online service would reduce the number of applications being returned due to mistakes, which would in turn reduce the amount of tmie court staff spend dealing with divorce forms.

It follows the signing of the first digital mortgage deed for a house in London a month ago.

The launch of the divorce service is part of a £1bn programme to make the court system quicker and easier to use. Other changes include a digital system to pay money owed, the option ot submit tax appeals online, and a paperless trial at Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court.

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