Thirteen people filed for divorce on Christmas Day, figures show

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Friday, January 4, 2019

A total of 13 people fied for divorce on Christmas Day, official figures show.

Data released by the Ministry of Justice revealed that 455 divorce applications were made in England and Wales between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, including 13 submitted online on December 25.

Spouses seeking to end their marriage have been able to do so online since April last year, as part of a £1 billion drive to modernise the justice system.

Since the option was rolled out across Engand and Wales, more than 23,000 online divorce applications have been made.



As well as divorce, internet platforms were used to lodge 39,250 civil money claims, 7,687 probate applications, 3,358 personal independence payment appeals and 1,431 pleas in fare evasion cases.

Over 81,000 online pleas were made in relation to low-level motoring offences via a service introduced in 2014.

Justice minister, Lucy Frazer, said: "These online services are already making a difference to people who use the justice system.

"As we reach this milestone, it's encouraging to see people are reporting these services work well for them and are a better fit around their busy lives."