An increase to the Family Court fees from 30 September

From 30th September 2021, the government have increased various Court fees payable to the Family Court.  Key applications which have been hit with a rise include:

Application Old fee New fee
Divorce Proceedings £550 £593
Financial Remedy Proceedings £255 £275
Financial Consent Order £50 £53
Children Act Proceedings £215 £232

The increase to fees comes despite the majority of Family Law practitioners being against the proposal.  The government suggested the rise is necessary to reflect inflation and increased Court running costs, whereas those practising in Family Law have argued that the digitalisation of many services should mean that running costs are actually lower.

It is clear, however, that the Courts are under enormous amounts of pressure to meet demand and process a backlog of applications.

Those seeking to issue proceedings with the Court or resolve their Family Law matter by consent should now be prepared to pay the increased fee.

If you’re considering getting married or are in the process of separating from your spouse, it is always a good idea to seek advice from a specialist Family Law Solicitor.

Our Solicitors have experience of divorce/dissolution proceedings, resolving the financial aspects of your separation and advising on child arrangements.  Do not hesitate to contact us on 01204 527 777  for further information or to book an appointment.