Divorce Portal Closure
In readiness for the commencement of the new divorce law and procedure which comes into effect on 6th April, the HMCTS portal, where online divorce petitions are issued, is closing at 4pm on 31st March, and re-opens at 10am on 6th April.
HMCTS say that they will try to issue petitions received prior to the cut off, but cannot guarantee doing so.
Post 6th April, all petitions will be issued under the new law as set out in the Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 which amend the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.
It will still be possible to issue petitions in emergency situations whilst the portal is closed by special application