Court fees to rise - will it cost you more to divorce?

The Government recently announced that the cost of issuing divorce proceedings will rise by a third, from £410 to £550, later this year.

This increase, of £140, will have a significant impact on a large number of people.

You can read more about the proposed changes to court fees here.

Government’s defence

In defence of these increases, courts minister Shailesh Vara stated that the government had taken steps to protect those most vulnerable and have ensured they will not need to pay these higher fees. They noted that the court’s remission system – through which those on low incomes can claim discounts on the court fees or, in some cases, be exempt from them entirely – will become more generous.

The Ministry of Justice have also claimed they researched the potential effects of these changes and they will not deter individuals from filing for divorce.

A fixed-fee divorce

We recognise the importance for clients who are going through a divorce to manage their finances at what is usually a very difficult time, both emotionally and financially.

You need the security of knowing how much you will be required to pay, to enable you to budget accordingly.

It is for this reason we felt it important to introduce our fixed fee divorce service in 2013. Our current fixed fee is £980, inclusive of VAT and the court fee of £410.

Contact us

If you wish to take advantage of our offer or wish to discuss any issues associated with a family dispute, such as finances or children, one of our family law solicitors would be happy to meet with you and provide further details.

Or call and ask about an initial half-hour information session, free of charge.

To make an appointment please contact either Kathryn Ferris or Sharn Nijjar on 0121 705 7571 or email us at

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