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Ministry of Justice website affected by divorce software error

23rd December 2015

It has been reported that “thousands” of couples who settled their divorces in the last 20 months may have to reconsider the terms of their settlements. It has been discovered that due to a faulty code in the divorce disclosure statement (the Form E) on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) website, any debts of the parties would not have been reflected in the final total for the family’s net financial worth.

At Mundays we have a separate software package and any Form E prepared by us on behalf of our Clients will not be subject to this error. In any event, it is likely that in any case involving a solicitor, even if the Form was initially prepared on the MoJ software, that the figures would then have been transposed to a separate Excel spreadsheet. The totals would then have been recalculated and the problem avoided.

By Judith Fitton, Partner, Family Department

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