Couples will be allowed to apply for a divorce online

Couples will be able to apply for divorce online as part of a £1 billion reform of the justice system.

The scheme is being tested at three sites in the UK and is due to be extended to other centres in the coming months, the Ministry of Justice said.

It is part of a £1bn reform of the justice system and would allow couples to carry out the process online for the first time.

The number of divorces in England and Wales since 1964
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A spokeswoman for HM Courts and Tribunals Service said: "We have a world-leading legal system and are investing over £1bn to reform and enhance our courts to deliver swifter justice.

"We have launched the first divorce application services online at three sites and will be extending the testing over the coming months. These measures will simplify the process for divorce applicants and help progress applications quickly."

The digital system has been piloted at East Midlands Divorce Centre in Nottingham for the past ten months, the Telegraph has reported.

Under the current system anyone seeking a divorce must fill out paper forms and send them to a court for consideration.

The reasons for the marriage ending have to be set out and agreed before a decree nisi is granted. A decree absolute can be issued six weeks afterwards, which legally ends the marriage.

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