Today, the Ministry of Justice announced that fully digital divorce applications are now made available to the public.
The Ministry of Justice declared that the process of terminating a marriage can now be done without the use of paper forms, after a testing phase which dealt with around 1,000 cases.
Approximately 91 percent of the people who were surveyed said that they were satisfied with the service during the said trial period.
The online process extends prompts and guidance to assist people who are filing for divorce in finishing their applications, and everything can now be done digitally: from the uploading of the evidence until the payments.
Lucy Frazer, the justice minister, stated: “Allowing divorce applications to be made online will help make sure we are best-supporting people going through an often difficult and painful time.”
She added: “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 new online service would significantly reduce the number of applications that were being returned because of mistakes, said the government. It said that it would, in turn, reduce the amount of time that the staff of the court would spend whenever they are dealing with divorce forms.
The said announcement follows the signing of the first digital mortgage deed for a house that is located in London just a month ago.
The launch of the divorce service is a part of a £1bn programme to make the court system of the United Kingdom easier and quicker to use. Other changes include the option to submit tax appeals online, a digital system that will be used to pay money owed, and a toperless trial at the Court of Lavender Hill Magistrates.