|Unexpected 34% Jump in Divorce Court Fees in England and Wales|
The fee for a divorce application in England and Wales rises today (Monday 21 March 2016) from GBP410 to GBP550.
The significant increase was published for consultation last year, as paragraph 3 of the Civil Proceedings, Family Proceedings and Upper Tribunal Fees (Amendment) Order 2016.
The decision to implement it was not announced until 17 March, though earlier that week the Ministry of Justice had begun contacting courts to tell them to charge the higher fee.
The Ministry of Justice's original plan, announced in 2013, was to increase the fees by 80 per cent to GBP750. The large majority of respondents to that consultation strongly opposed the proposal, and in January 2015 the then coalition government announced it had decided not to proceed with the increase. The 34 per cent increase eventually implemented today will, it says, generate an extra GBP12 million for the courts system.
The same fee applies to applications for a decree of nullity (or a dissolution order or nullity order in the context of civil partnership). The fees for these applications will also be increased to GBP550.
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Published on our website on Mar.22, 2016