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  • Writer's pictureJohn Pratley

Can I get a divorce during coronavirus?

As we all adjust to lockdown a lot of people are wondering what is and what is not possble out there.

The courts are determined to keep going, and although there seem to be some back logs in the system, some parts of it are working well. Fortunately in late 2019 and the early months of 2020 they had started a pilot scheme for solicitors to lodge divorce petitions and certain other documents on line using a dedicated portal. The system seems to work quite well and is generally much quicker than the old paper based process.

So, yes, it is perfectly possible to get divorced, or to dissolve your civil partnership whilst the country is in lockdown for coronavirus/ covid-19. Please drop me an email or call the office and we can talk it through.


John Pratley is an expert divorce lawyer, who has more than 25 years experience advising clients purely about divorce and related family law issues, such as the financial consequences of separating and divorcing. After establishing the first niche family law practice in Bristol, and going on to senior management roles in a national firm, John set up Apple Tree Family Law in 2018. Apple tree family Law solicitors specialise in advice about divorce and financial issues.

We are based in Bristol and Exeter, but we have clients all over the UK and further afield. We offer, simply, clear and accurate advice about divorce and family law issues, and the very best client service, for a clear and reasonable price.


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