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Rum_Pirate
12-18-2015, 12:30 PM
"potentially could have had the value of their assets overestimated, leading to an inaccurate settlement agreements."

Oh oh.


Thousands of couples who have settled their divorces in last 20 months will have to renew negotiations with their exes thanks to Ministry of Justice software glitch



Reported fault was found on one form on the Ministry of Justice website
'Form E' relates to the financial status of parties filing for a divorce
Error meant an individual's financial worth could have been overestimated
Thousands of recently divorced couples could have been affected

By STEPHANIE LINNING FOR MAILONLINE (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Stephanie+Linning+for+MailOnline)
PUBLISHED: 17:51 GMT, 17 December 2015 | UPDATED: 21:50 GMT, 17 December 2015

Thousands of recently divorced couples might have to re-negotiate their settlements because of a fundamental glitch in Ministry of Justice software.
The fault, which has since been corrected, affected 'Form E' on the ministry's website - a lengthy document that summarises each party’s finances.
The error in the automatic calculations used in the form meant spouses potentially could have had the value of their assets overestimated, leading to an inaccurate settlement agreements.
It could affect couples who have settled their divorces in the last 20 months.
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Critical fault: The software glitch could mean thousands of couples will have to re-open proceedings

According to the Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/dec/17/revealed-divorce-software-error-to-hit-thousands-of-settlements), the error was spotted earlier this month by Nicola Matheson-Durrant, a family law specialist of the Family Law Clinic in Ascot, Berkshire.
She told the Guardian: 'It is such a critical fault. This form has been used in training so it will also have been seen by paralegals, university law departments and the Law Society.'
Ms Matheson-Durrant claimed that when she reported the fault to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service, part of the Ministry of Justice, it admitted the technical fault and later fixed the software.

The error affected the second section of the form, which concerns an individual's current financial circumstances.
It asks for detailed information - supported by documentation - of the spouse's property holdings, pension valuations and insurance polices, among other assets.
But the error in the calculations meant the form failed to fully take into account the debts or liabilities owed, potentially producing an inflated figure at the end.
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Error: The fault, which has since been corrected, affected 'Form E' on the ministry's website (pictured)

While not all couples use the form during proceedings, the glitch could have impacted thousands of couples.


A Ministry of Justice statement said: 'An error has been identified in the automatic calculations used in the version of the Form E (Financial Statement) available on the HMCTS Form Finder website.
'Form E is the means by which parties disclose information about their assets and liabilities. The current online version has been corrected.
'We are urgently investigating this issue. Anyone concerned about their own court proceedings should contact formE@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk.'



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John of Phoenix
12-18-2015, 12:46 PM
An odd picture given the topic is divorce.

skuthorp
12-18-2015, 02:34 PM
Can't have one without the other……………..