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Practice Direction 36D (in force 25 January 2017)

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A new Practice Direction 36D has been published that sets out the changes to procedure that will allow online divorce applications under a pilot scheme.

  • At this stage, the pilot only deals with the petition. Other practice directions will be needed as the online pilot advances.  

    Titled "Pilot Scheme: Procedure for Using an Online System to Generate Applications in Certain Proceedings for a Matrimonial Order", PD36D applies to applications where the following conditions are met:

    • the application is for a matrimonial order that is a decree of divorce made under Matrimonial Causes Act 1973;
    • access to the online system for making such applications is permitted;
    • all stages of the process provided for in the online system can be fully completed;
    • the application is started in the Family Court; and
    • the application is filed in the period 25 January 2017 to 28 July 2017.


Published: 02/02/2017

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