Online divorce is officially coming to the East Midlands. Although for now it’s at an early trial stage you will still need to print and post your application to send it in to the court.
Online divorce and the court service.
Presently you cannot issue a divorce online in England and Wales.
There may be several website selling “online divorce” services but in fact all they are doing is taking your details online in some form of questionnaire.
There is currently no facility to file a divorce petition online at the court service. You must post or deliver your divorce petition to the court.
East Midlands Divorce Centre online divorce pilot.
All of this is about to change however. Continue reading “Online Divorce – East Midlands Divorce Centre”
Has the phrase “living together in the same household” caused you confusion when applying for your decree nisi?
For many people two years separation with consent is the reason they will cite on their divorce petition for the breakdown in the marriage.
There is a lot of confusion in the public domain about what constitutes separation or living together in the same household.
Separation is basically what some people might call not living together “as a couple” and in divorce proceedings this has come to be more specifically referred to as not living together in the same household. You can still live under one roof – particularly if your home is for sale or you haven’t yet agreed what to do with it. But if you do live under one roof during any period you are claiming you were separated, you will need to explain your living arrangements briefly when you come to apply for your decree nisi. Continue reading “Two year Separation With Consent – what is living together as the same household?”
First of all, bailiffs cost around £100 – £120 so before rushing off to organise one, do check that the court is not sitting on the paperwork because of a backlog – particularly around a bank holiday. Courts do get very busy at certain times and it can cause delay.
If you have checked and nothing has been received, I recommend that you try and talk to your husband/wife or civil partner (of course not if it isn’t safe to do so) to see if there is a reason why the paperwork hasn’t been sent back. Continue reading “My husband/wife or civil partner hasn’t returned the acknowledgement of service. Shall I use the court bailiff or a private bailiff?”
The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has told barristers that there are plans to move the court process for divorce completely online in 2017.
How will this work?
Apparently we will fill in an online form and the information will then be used to prepare the divorce petition.
Watch this space.
The divorce centre at Bury St Edmunds currently reports that it is rejecting up to 40% of the divorce petitions sent to it because of errors.
The most common errors are the names on the petition and correct signature and date.
They are working on a checklist to help people preparing their own divorce paperwork.