Friday, 19 July 2019

13 Christmas divorces and a partridge in a pear tree...


Figures from a report that was released yesterday, Friday 4th, by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) reveal that a total of 13 people got divorced on Christmas Day in 2018. There's the awkward dinner time chat sorted. In total, over 450 people filed for divorce in England and Wales over the Christmas period between Christmas Eve and New Years Day. 

How did they have enough time to cook the turkey AND file for divorce you ask? Well since last year couples have been able to complete the whole divorce process online - yup, that's it, like a simple change of relationship status on Facebook. Now you can do everything from filling in paperwork and paying your divorces fees online without having to send any paperwork away or visit any court. 

The online 'divorce' platform (sounds like a social media network right?) has been running since April 2018 and statistics from the MoJ show that more than 23,000 divorce  applications have been made in England and Wales since its beginning,  

Opinion: I, personally, am all for streamlining life and cutting corners by using the internet - but divorces?! Could you imagine having an argument with your spouse about who was doing the dishes then just getting your laptop out and divorcing them 5 minutes later? Surely some processes in life shouldn't be that easy? It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. 

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