Online portal to be mandatory for divorce petitions

Monday 18th October 2021

Relationships unfortunately do breakdown for a number of different reasons, and whilst some couples are able to deal with this and move on, many also find the process extremely hurtful and emotional creating a toxic relationship which can lead to disagreements over possessions, and children, often resulting in long drawn out Court proceedings.  This is highlighted in the media focusing on big celebrity separations and social media postings on each side, which may seem grand and interesting to readers, but is a sad and stressful time for the couple and their loved ones to go through.

From 13th September 2021 the Court now require Divorce Petitions to be filed on the Court online Portal and this is intended to cut out the backlogs and delays that have been encountered in the Courts with the previous paper applications. With the law changing in Spring 2022 regarding no fault divorces, it is hoped that Divorce proceedings will become a simpler and more efficient process and limit unnecessary animosity between separating couples.

The key to dealing with separation and disputes lies with communication at an early stage.  This can be hard to do directly with each other as emotions run high, so it is important to seek assistance and advice as to the best way forwards and how to try and minimise conflict and work together to reach a settlement that is fair and reasonable to enable you to both move on.

For more information regarding divorce and family matters, contact Melanie Young on 01384 811811.