Obtaining a Divorce or Probate of a Will entirely online: The Future?

Martin Astle, Director and head of both the Family and Probate Department at Astle Paterson discusses the recent calls for Divorce and Probate Court processes to be updated and made available online.

Mr Astle said “Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has told Legal Professionals to expect changes to the Court processes surrounding Divorce and Probate.

Sir Munby has stated that he would like to see digital online Probate and digital online Divorce, and aims to see these new procedures implemented as early as 2017.  The proposed new procedures could see the entire process being completed online, up to and even including any final hearing.

Sir Munby has also expressed the benefits of taking advantage of Alternate Dispute Resolution – particularly Arbitration, where an Arbitrator (rather than a Court) hears the matter and makes an Award.”

At Astle Paterson we have a number of experienced specialist family lawyers who have the knowledge and know how to assist you through your divorce process.

Should you wish to discuss matters further with Martin Astle then please contact him on either 01283 531366 or by way of email to his secretary, Lynda Green at

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