An increase in family court fees is set to take place over the coming months following a government consultation on the matter which was launched in March.
For the first time in five years fees will go up for things like divorce, child arrangements orders, applications for financial remedy (dealing with the financial issues within divorce), nullity and dissolution of a civil partnership.
The justification for the increase in family court fees is inflation and, in its statement announcing the increases, the government said: “The income generated from these proposals will go towards the running cost of HMCTS and will ensure that the courts and tribunals can continue to deliver access to justice for all.”
For people requiring assistance in the family courts, the main fee increases to note, which will be introduced on 30 September 2021, will be:
- Filing an application for a divorce, nullity or civil partnership dissolution will increase from £550 to £593.
- Applications under the Children Act 1989, for example child arrangements orders, prohibited steps order, specific issue order or special guardianship order, and enforcement orders increase from £215 to £232.
- Applications to revoke, amend, extend or take action following the breach of an existing Children Act enforcement order will increase from £95 to £102.
- Applications within proceedings without notice or by consent (for example applications to adjourn a hearing) increase from £50 to £53.
- Applications within proceedings, with notice increase from £155 to £167.
- Applications for a financial remedy increase from £255 to £275.
Of course, all applications made prior to 30 September will benefit from the current lower fees that are in place before the above increases are implemented.
In some limited circumstances, it is possible to apply for an exemption from these fees, so they do not have to be paid. We can advise you if that is likely to apply to your situation.
For advice about any family court matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01782 205000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book an hour-long appointment with a family solicitor for £100+vat or if you wish to have a longer meeting, with all advice and information confirmed in writing following your appointment, £250+vat.