May 7 2018
It was the playwright William Congreve who observed in The Old Bachelor: “Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we may repent at leisure.”
Now the repentance part may be speeded up after an online divorce pilot scheme was launched nationwide by the Ministry of Justice.
The system, part of the ministry’s £1 billion modernisation programme, is designed to allow divorces to be completed at the click of a mouse, speeding up the process by cutting paperwork. It allows estranged couples in England and Wales to complete their applications online without going to court.
During a test phase more than 1,000 petitions were issued, officials said, and nine in ten people were “satisfied”.