Thousands of divorce settlements could be revisted after software error

By Lenore Rice

An error in the software used to calculate financial terms for divorces could mean that thousands of settlements in England will need to be revisited.

The error with Form E on the Ministry of Justice website meant that debts and other financial liabilities were not being taken into account correctly, potentially inflating the true wealth of parties in some cases. The error had been in place since April 2014 and had gone unnoticed by the solicitors and family law specialists who submitted just under 20,000 forms through the system in that time. It was spotted by Nicola Matheson-Durrant of the Family Law Clinic in Ascot, and has since been rectified.

Not all parties would have used the system to calculate the financial settlement in the 20,000 forms submitted but there is still likely to be thousands of divorces affected by the error. Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) is said to be working to identify the divorces potentially affected by the error.

If you require legal advice in respect of a divorce or other related legal matter, contact one of the family law solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Northern Ireland by calling 0800 840 1363.