Click to split ...the on­line di­vorce done in 2 months

The Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Laura Shan­non

A QUICKER, cheaper res­o­lu­tion for the 100,000 mar­ried cou­ples who split up ev­ery year is around the cor­ner with new ‘dig­i­tal di­vorces’.

‘Click to split’ tech­nol­ogy dra­mat­i­cally re­duces the process from 12 months to just two, a Gov­ern­ment trial found.

Doc­u­ments are up­loaded elec­tron­i­cally and sent di­rectly to court, dra­mat­i­cally cut­ting cost, er­rors and de­lays.

The scheme has been avail­able to in­di­vid­u­als tak­ing the DIY di­vorce route via the web­site since the be­gin­ning of the year and is part of a £1 bil­lion ini­tia­tive to mod­ernise the courts.

As of Septem­ber, 13,767 ap­pli­ca­tions had been sub­mit­ted this way.

Tracy Moloney, head of fam­ily law at Co-op Le­gal Ser­vices which took part in the trial, said: ‘It is an amaz­ing sys­tem. We could take on a client to­day whose di­vorce will be fi­nalised be­fore a client we took on six months ago.’

The process is ex­pected to be rolled out through Eng­land and Wales by next year.

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