Surprising that the error had not been spotted until now, although it is not uncommon for people to simply rely on electronic forms to add up totals without cross checking. Anyone that may be affected by this should receive a letter from HMCTS or alternatively they can email formE@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk.
An urgent investigation has been launched after a software error was discovered in an online form used by divorcing couples in England and Wales.The error on the Ministry of Justice website had been present since April 2014 but has only just been uncovered. The mistake was in Form E on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) website. Paragraph 2.20 of Form E, which is supposed to produce totals by adding assets and subtracting liabilities, has failed to take account of the liabilities entered earlier on, resulting in an error which inflates the party's wealth by ignoring their debts. "That means that judges may have approved thousands of financial settlements and payment orders based on false figures. "Anyone concerned about their own court proceedings should contact formE@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk."