British authorities have introduced online divorce applications in England, and Wales to ease the divorce process for those going through it.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that digital divorce applications have been by launched in England and Wales since May.

The MoJ says the stress of applying for a divorce could be eased thanks to the new online service that removes
the need for any paper forms.

The online service uses clear, non-technical language, making sure that the whole process can be completed online, including payment and uploading supporting evidence.

The ministry said 1,000 petitions were issued through the new system during a recent pilot phase, with more than nine of every 10 saying they were satisfied with the service.

The MoJ says court staff currently spend 13,000 hours dealing with complex paper divorce forms, but this simpler and less technical online service has already contributed to a 95 per cent drop in the number of applications being returned because of mistakes.