Courts Service to use online divorce pilot to develop digital family law service

The Courts Service will develop its new online divorce family law service following the online divorce pilot.

Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have already started enabling people to issue divorce petitions online.

HMCTS divorce service manager Adam Lennon said, “Now that the application part of the divorce process is online we will, over the coming months make the rest of the process digital – including the response from the other spouse to the application and the final certificate of divorce – making the whole process simpler to understand and navigate.

“We are also currently working with legal professionals to develop an online application for them to use which will allow them to submit a petition on behalf of a client online.”

It is hoped that the same approach will be adopted in future to all family services.