Information on Coronavirus & Divorce in The UK.
We’re sure that you have many questions you wish to ask us about COVID-19 and your divorce.
Use this page of information and advice to understand what COVID-19 may mean for your divorce proceedings if you are filing for divorce in England, Wales or Scotland.
This pandemic has of course caused an enormous shock to the UK with lockdown, followed by social distancing measures . We wanted to answer some of the most common questions we are receiving.
Divorce & COVID-19 FAQs, Answered.
Are you working normally?
Yes, we are working as normal. As a primarily online business, our teams are mostly working from home in a safe and secure way. We have cloud based IT and telephony systems, so our transition was fairly painless.
Are the divorce courts working normally?
Yes to an extent, “access to justice” which includes family law procedures has been designated as an essential service and all applications are being dealt with but as with all services there are ongoing delays.
Will there be delays to my case?
There are delays with the court service currently, as a direct result of the strict lock down in April and May. However, we can see massive improvements every week as more staff ago back into their offices or are being provided IT to work from home. They are now catching up with the backlog and we are pleased to see huge improvements and expect things to return to normal shortly.
Should I file for divorce now or wait until this is over?
This is a matter for you, however once the lock-down measures have passed, there will be increased demand on the court system, which means the courts will be much busier than usual and your divorce process may take longer if you delay filing your divorce. It is better to be in the system moving along, albeit slower than having to compete with everyone else later.
Why is Divorce-Online your best option?
When signing up for our Managed Divorce Services, your case manager will be in contact with the Court staff asking them for updates on your case from start-to-finish.
When dealing with your own divorce, you will be waiting much longer to hear back from the Court on your case and will only bring more stress at an already difficult time.
Why now might be the best time to file for divorce!
The divorce courts in England and Wales are operating as normal as possible as they are deemed as an ‘essential service’.
Yes, they have staff working from home, just as we do, but this does not mean that the court system has stopped for divorce proceedings.
If you are able to file for divorce whilst this pandemic is happening, you may find that your case won’t be affected as much as it will be once it is over.
How is this the case?
From all accounts, there is set to be a divorce filing boom once Coronavirus has eased and the country is back to some kind of normal due to pent up demand.
When this spike happens, the Court Service will probably be overwhelmed with the sudden demand, and therefore a big back-log of work will be the result. This could mean that your divorce papers don’t get reviewed for months while they play catch up.
As of now, the courts are receiving less divorce applications than they were before the COVID-19 emergency , so when staff numbers return to normal, your case will already be in the system.
Compare Our Service vs High-Street Solicitors
If you are new to online divorce solicitors and how they are different to the traditional high-street solicitors, the below should help show you the main differences.
Few people enjoy going into expensive high-street premises anymore.
The number of people doing their divorce online increases each year.
People dislike the inconvenience of visiting physical offices for meetings
No need to visit our offices or take time off work at any time.
Excessive hourly fees provide no guarantee on the cost of your divorce
Our fixed fees provide you with clarity from the start.
Speaking to your solicitor via a receptionist can be frustrating and costly
Speak to your personal case manager directly at any time throughout your case.
Staying updated on your case requires you to chase for updates
Track your entire divorce procedure online, 24/7 from beginning-to-end.
Start Your Divorce Today With 10% discount
Our services and fees are already the most comprehensive and affordable, but we understand that people across the country are feeling the effects of COVID-19. So, to help everyone we are offering a further 10% discount when using the following code. ENTER CODE – DOL10
Managed Divorce Service
We’ll handle your entire divorce proceedings for you, beginning-to-end.
- We’ll draft all of the required divorce papers.
- We’ll file each application with the courts for you.
- Track every step online, 24/7, from your case area.
Managed Divorce & Clean Break
We handle your both your divorce and clean break from start-to-finish.
- All forms and applications are handled for you.
- No time off work or attending court necessary.
- Track everything online from start-to-end, 24/7.
Solicitor Divorce & Clean Break
An end-to-end divorce and clean break order service handled by solicitors.
- All required paperwork completed and filed for you.
- Professionally drafted clean break order obtained.
- Fixed-fee of £499 – no hidden or hourly charges.