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Online divorce prototype proving 'extremely successful'

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Prototype has been in operation since January 2017

  • A blog post on the HMCTS website has shone some light on the first real signs of progress for online divorce.

    The post, by Adam Lennon*, Divorce Service Manager at HMCTS, describes the progress in developing a smart D8 form after extensive feedback from stakeholders. This has resulted in development of a 

    "fully working prototype for the 'Apply for a divorce' service. This is being piloted in the East Midlands Divorce Centre in Nottingham by applicants seeking a divorce without legal representation who are invited to use the new service when they contact the court staff asking for advice on how to apply for a divorce.

    The pilot started on the 25 January 2017 and has proven extremely successful"

    He goes on to explain how the online D8 looks very different to the form as it incorporates The Notes for Guidance so that questions are tailored to the applicant's circumstances.

    For example someone who chooses the behaviour fact will only see questions and guidance relating to that. The service also has built in validation to minimise the possible reasons for rejections. This covers things such as proving people have been married for 12 months or only allowing them to choose five years’ separation if they have been married for long enough.

    ..... We’ve decided to launch a pilot of this early version of the divorce service now because we want to give people a simpler service as quickly as possible, rather than wait until the full online service is ready."

    You can read the full post on the HMCTS blog here.

    * Adam will be speaking on this topic at the At A Glance Conference on 21 June. Read more and book here.


Published: 25/04/2017

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