Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Online divorce demystifies the process when people are at crisis point

Jane Robey
The largest provider of family mediation for divorce in England and Wales has welcomed an announcement from HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that a fully online divorce application process is now being tested.

 Jane Robey, CEO of National Family Mediation, said: “Facing a divorce is one of the biggest crisis points in anyone’s life, so it’s particularly important that the process is as simple and straightforward as possible.

 “The last thing people need at this time is to have to get to grips with a new set of legal jargon – words like ‘affidavit’. ‘plaintiff’ and ‘respondent’ - simply in order to move on with their lives.

 “The excellent digital work being developed by HMCTS promises to help demystify the process and simplify things, bringing divorce into the 21st century, using a language we can all understand.

 “Bringing divorce processes online makes them much more accessible which by definition can provide better access to justice and swifter resolution to seemingly-complicated procedures.”

 For more information about the HMCTS pilot use this link.

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