A surprising headline perhaps but an accurate one according to the Courts and Tribunals Service.

Since May 2018 applicants have been able to lodge their application for a divorce through the Gov.uk portal which means people can lodge their divorce petition 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  

As this is the first year of online divorces, it has unsurprisingly caught the media's attention. 13 divorces is still, however, way below the estimated 2,500 self assessment tax returns submitted on the same day.

The positive side to this story is the on-going digitisation programme being rolled out by the court service to provide quicker and easier routes into the justice system.