11 March 2016, by Taylor King Family Law Solicitors
We reported in July that the Ministry of Justice had plans to increase the court fee for issuing divorce petitions. It was announced on 17th March that as from 21st March 2016 the court fee for issuing divorce, dissolution and nullity petitions will increase by more than a third from £410 to £550. It is normal for fee increases to be announced only a couple of days before implementation to avoid any last minute rush to issue proceedings to utilise the lower fee.
At the moment this has been the only court fee relevant to family law proceedings to have been increased and full or partial fee remissions are still available for those on a low income or benefits.