Online divorce companies say the online process takes the strain out of an already tense situation and reflects society’s increased use of the internet to do business.
Figures from Divorce Online, one of the UK’s largest online divorce firms, show the number of divorces filed online with the company have increased by a massive 30% year on year compared to 2013.
The 30 per cent increase in applications was higher than that of the actual divorce rate which climbed just 0.50% per cent during the same period from 117,550 applications in 2010-11 to 118,140 2012-2013 according to figures obtained from the Office For National Statistics.
The average Divorce Online client is aged 35-44 and 53% of purchasers are men.
The most popular cities for online divorce filers are London at 23.23%, Birmingham at 3.37% and Leicester at 2.43%
The average length of marriage is 8.5 years.
Divorce-Online, Managing Director Mark Keenan said “since legal aid for most divorce cases was abolished in 2012, couples were increasingly using online divorce solutions over traditional solicitors as they simply could not afford to use a traditional solicitor and but do not want to deal with it themselves.
“I think we are seeing an increase in online divorces as more applicants look for an inexpensive way of dealing with the courts,” he said.
"Divorce Online enables divorcing couples to complete, lodge and pay for their divorce and financial orders online, without attending court within business hours.
“Applicants in rural areas, those on low incomes or benefits, those too busy to get to the court and those people deterred by the formality of our court system are drawn to online divorce services, especially as we all become increasingly accustomed to doing business on the internet,” Mr Keenan, said.
Note for editors:
Divorce-online.co.uk was launched in 1999 and provides divorce form completion and agreed financial orders for clients whose divorce and financial arrangements have been agreed.
99% of all divorces filed in England and Wales and uncontested.
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