Digital divorce – Is it possible to get a divorce online?

Q – I want to get divorced and don’t fancy the thought of all the paperwork. Is it possible to get a divorce online?

A – Yes, and no. The Government is currently piloting an online system that allows anyone wishing to file for divorce/dissolution of a civil partnership to do so online. This system has been designed to streamline the divorce/dissolution process, and reduce paperwork and delays caused by typographical errors, missing documents misdirected post etc. In the event that the divorce/dissolution is undefended, it is envisaged that the process will be completed entirely online without any paper forms to complete.

Presently, however, paper applications for divorce/dissolution of a civil partnership are still required in South Wales, and these should be filed at the Family Court at Newport (Gwent). No dates have been provided as to when the online system will be available countrywide.

In the event that you choose to start the divorce without assistance, you would still be sensible to consider taking legal advice as there are a number of significant implications to becoming divorced, including financial division, inheritance, maintenance and so on.

Please contact us if you would like more information about this particular issue or any aspect of family law on 01656 645525 or

Katie McColgan – Partner

01656 645525