31st Jan 2024

Starting Private Law Children Cases – A new HMCTS Portal

By Stephanie Dodman

Starting Private Law Children Cases – A new HMCTS Portal


In 2022 His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) introduced a new end-to-end data platform for private law children cases. This new platform will allow private law children cases to be managed in their entirety through the new online platform.

We understand that there are no current plans to introduce a separate webpage to access this system for professionals, and it will be linked to the current online platform that professionals currently use for divorce and finance cases. Access to this online platform which is for use by professionals only is not available until users complete the HMCTS onboarding process with the project team. This process involves emailing the project team (when the portal goes live) with the names and email addresses of users so that HMCTS can grant access.

Litigants in person (individuals who start private law children cases but who do not have legal advisers) will also have access to this portal through the HMCTS Government website.

Further testing of this online service is due to start this year before HMCTS rolls out the end-to-end platform in Swansea (known as the early adopter court). It Is not clear which court the platform will be rolled out to next as this is heavily guided by the President of the Family Division and the court’s capacity.

It is our understanding that the national roll out for this service will be much slower than that for the divorce and finances online platform and there is at present no specific timeline.

Stephanie Dodman is a paralegal at Family Law in Partnership. She provides support to both the lawyers and the legal assistants at the firm. She acts as the central liaison with the Courts and is able to attend both the court and tribunals on behalf of clients.