July 14th | 2018
This year has seen the introduction of the scheme which enables applicants to file for divorce online. This has been one element in the initiative to modernise the court system. Not only has this meant that applicants could get on with this task without having to attend the court, but the process has also simplified the forms and made the language more user friendly for the general public to understand. Early reviews of this process are extremely positive.
However, it’s important people do not confuse “online divorce application” with the services offered by Online Divorce Companies.
There are two separate elements involved in dissolving a marriage. The divorce petition is an application to untie you legally, so that you are no longer spouses and no longer next of kin. This is what is now available to do online through the Government website here https://www.gov.uk/divorce/file-for-divorce. It’s relatively straightforward and there is a court fee of £550.
For the financial settlement you will require a Court Order and this is achieved through a separate application. If you need a judge to decide on this you need to file an application for a financial order with a Form A. If you reach agreement, a solicitor can draft a Consent Order which can be approved by the court without the need for a hearing. This cannot be done online. Only a family lawyer can do this.
We at Albion can provide a joined up service so that the proposals you reach in Mediation can be drafted by a Family solicitor who works in tandem with us, so that you are able to achieve a watertight legally binding agreement in the slickest possible way.