Facing divorce is costly in different aspects of life, first one emotional and then in terms of money, but from now on with the new set of rules announced by the government, it is going to get even more expensive as its fees will rise by a third.
Right now the divorce fee is £410 but with the implementation of the new rules it will be £550 which means an increase of £140 from the current price. There are more fees which are going to increase their prices which include general applications and contested applications in civil proceedings, and issuing a possession claim.
Other proposals which are still under consultation, foreshadows Immigration and Asylum Chamber fees doubling, and increasing the maximum fee for money claims from £10,000 to £20,000 (personal injury and clinical negligence will be excluded from the higher cap).
It has been reported that critics of these new measures believe that access to justice will be restricted from individuals and small businesses, who are trying to recover money owed to them.
The Courts Minister, Shailesh Vara, explains that the unpopular fee increases are needed to stabilize UK’s economy. He also said that the increases are meant to ensure rich individuals, and big corporations would contribute more money to help provide for more efficient and effective courts.
On top of that, Mr Vara held that the vulnerable could still rely on a more generous remission scheme, which waives or reduces fees for those who can’t afford to pay.
Here at QualitySolicitors Amphlett Lissimore our Family law department would advise that any couple wishing to divorce or separate should be aware of this increase, and how this could affect an important life decision.
An important factor to take into account is that many people will still qualify for fee exemptions. Depending on your case, this will mean that you will not have to pay any court fees.
Should you require any legal advice in relation to divorce or this fee exemption, please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts who can provide you with independent expert legal advice on 0208 771 5254