Online divorce service set for expansion

October 31, 2017 2 comments

family law

Couples throughout England and Wales may soon be able to divorce online, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals service (HMCTS) has announced. This scheme will be included as part of a £1 billion investment from the government to reform the justice system. Currently, all applications for divorce must be done on paper and sent in to…

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Statistics, court profits and more

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July 21, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been busy this week. Firstly, they have published population estimates by marital status and living arrangements in England and Wales, for the period from 2002 to 2016. The statistics showed that there were 24.1 million people in England and Wales who were married…

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How secure will the online court be?

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May 10, 2017 3 comments

deprivation of liberty

OK, I should begin this post by saying that I am not au fait with the technicalities of the proposed online court, and much of what I am about to say may therefore be complete rubbish, but something I read recently set off some concerns about just how secure the ‘court’ will be. What I…

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Online divorce pilot ‘extremely successful’

April 21, 2017 3 comments

family law

The government’s first attempt to introduce an online divorce system has been “extremely successful” according to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Plans for the service were announced by President of the Family Division Sir James Munby in 2016 and a pilot scheme was launched earlier this year at the East Midlands Divorce Centre…

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Court of Protection extends public access

July 29, 2016 2 comments

family law, media, news

A Court of Protection public access pilot scheme has been extended. It was originally scheduled to run from 29 January to 31 July this year but Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has this week extended it until 31 August 2017. Before the scheme began, cases before the Court were usually held in private,…

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Thousands of divorce settlements potentially compromised

December 18, 2015 8 comments

family law

Thousands of divorced couples in England and Wales could have received unfair settlements because of a newly discovered error in an online form. The mistake appeared on Form E, a comprehensive financial statement which each party in a divorce must complete and submit to the family courts. The information it contains informs the court’s decision…

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