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Osborne Morris & Morgan > News and Articles > Family > Error in online form affects divorce settlements

Error in online form affects divorce settlements

Posted on 23 Mar 2016, in Family

Reports indicate that a significant computational error may have been an issue in divorces occurring in England and Wales. The website operated by the Ministry of Justice has had this error in place since 2014, and reports indicate that the problem was never noticed by legal officials during the period. An employee of the Family Law Clinic was credited with finally noticing the mistake and advising the Ministry of Justice.

The error in question may lead to a need to re-open divorce cases and related negotiations that have been affected by the situation. The portion of the form that was incorrect totalled the wealth of the parties involved without including liabilities that were entered at an earlier point on the form. This may have caused settlements to be based on higher levels of wealth, which may have caused a disparity in the financial awards in some cases. Officials indicate that if the parties in question don’t accept the erroneous settlements, there will be a need to re-negotiate. Expenses would be the responsibility of lawyers, professional advisers, and the Ministry of Justice in these cases.

The cases in question are being evaluated to ensure that those affected will be contacted about the error. Additionally, those concerned that they have been negatively affected can contact the government to learn more. Digital solutions to a variety of public issues can be convenient, but it is still important to review the results of a program to ensure that final calculations are correct.

Asset valuation can be an intricate part of a divorce involving a high net worth. It may be important to work with an accountant as well as a family lawyer in such a case to ensure that calculations are appropriate and that a settlement is fair.


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