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From Monday 13th September 2021, divorce applications must be submitted online using MyHMCTS, replacing the paper D8 form. This is being codified through Practice Direction 36X of the Family Procedure Rules.

The process has been available to legal representatives since January 2020 with a view to easing the stress of applying for a divorce. At Ramsdens, we are experienced in using the digital divorce procedure and therefore recognise the advantages of the process. The scheme has made the process quicker and simpler, resulting in less administrative errors. The system identifies any mistakes in applications and does not allow users to complete the page until the mistake is rectified.

Although the process is being digitialised from 13th, HMCTS will continue to process paper applications from 14th September to 4th October. It should also be noted that the following applications should continue to be processed via the paper route:

  • Civil partnership
  • Judicial separation
  • Nullity

Whilst the digital divorce process has many benefits in terms of accessibility, comprehensibility and speed, it does not resolve all issues arising from divorce. We therefore recommend seeking legal support for reaching settlement agreements in terms of finances and property, even if you have undertaken the divorce procedure yourself. Our experienced Family solicitors can assist you with this. We also have extensive experience in handling difficult custody disputes involving children.

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To see how Ramsdens can help you, call our Family team on 08000 147720 or send us an email to book a free 30 minute consultation at any of our offices. We also offer early morning and late evening appointments across our offices.