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You don’t need to be a hotshot lawyer to know that filing for divorce can be messy and expensive. In many cases, it can take months for a divorce to become final, but that hasn’t put off many couples from filling in the forms and ending what may have once been happy marriages.
Late last year, statistics showed that the rate of couples filing for divorce rose for the first time in five years. This comes after a gradual decrease in the number of married couples choosing to rip up their wedding vows. With over 106,000 couples going down the divorce route, what is behind the rise?
One possible explanation is the lack of any changes to the current laws until late 2017. The most recent stats are for 2016, but since then, there has been a move to let couples do much of the divorce paperwork online as a cost-saving measure. This could serve to make divorce easier.
In recent months, many legal experts have shared their opinion about the supposedly outdated nature of UK divorce laws. Famous names such as Lord Mackay of Clashfern say that changes needed to be made. Among the amendments they want to make include stopping the laying of blame on one divorcee and making some divorces long, drawn-out processes.
The figures don’t take into account the number of people who have filled in the online forms, but should they gain popularity, expect divorce rates to rise further. Getting used to the forms and knowing how to fill them in correctly may stop some couples in their tracks.
In such cases, they may need to call upon divorce law firms such as Withersworldwide to make sense of the forms. Then, they can be asked for advice when moving onto decree nisi and then decree absolute.
What the online divorce forms have done is make going through the process easier. Individual divorcees can decide whether or not to accept an application from their partner and get the job done more quickly. With deadlines in place for completing forms and making applications, the timescale has become easier to grasp for unhappy couples.
Time will tell if the recent rise in divorces will see the prevailing trend of divorce rates falling is just a blip or the sign of things to come. As the online forms are rolled out, any changes to divorce law will surely be needed to keep pace with demand from couples who want to separate with as little fuss as possible.