Twenty-five thousand Brits will use phones, PCs and tablets to ditch their over halves in 2013, it has been claimed.
Thanks to legal changes made in April – which have made it cheaper and easier to seek a divorce online – by January next year it is estimated one in five divorcing couples will have started arranging their own splits.
In only two months, the number of people using online services to split has soared by 26 per cent. With legal aid no longer available to do it the traditional way, couples are paying lawyers up to £500 an hour to seek a divorce. Going online however, costs them from under £100.
DivorceDepot.co.uk said 65 per cent of all UK divorce applications are by women, but when it comes to online, 51 per cent are from blokes. Furthermore – and somewhat unsurprisingly – it is also men who are most likely to end it by phone, with up to two thirds of applications coming from blokes.
Although not every case will be suitable for electronic divorce, there is certainly a huge demand for this quick-fix, cheap split arrangement.
DivorceDepot’s consultant, Susan Eskinazi told The Sun: “Only 12 weeks after the legal aid changes we’re already seeing a shift towards DIY divorce applications online,. And that is only likely to increase further over the months and years to come.
“Men seem to be early adopters, keen to save money.”
Or just desperate to sweep it under the carpet, maybe?