The Increase of Family Law Court Fees
The Increase of Family Law Fees
The introduction of the Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendment) Order, will mean an increase in costs, of some Family Court applications, from the 30th September 2021. The fee increase is a result of a Ministry of Justice consultation, which found that court fees only brought in a net income of £724 million in 2019/2020, compared to the £2 billion running costs of HM Courts & Tribunals Service. The government argue these are inflationary increases. This article will explore some of the court fee increases.
Divorce Court Fee Increases
There has been an increase from £550 to £593 for filing a petition for a divorce, nullity or civil partnership dissolution. An increase from £50 to £54 will apply for an application for a Decree Nisi, conditional order, decree of judicial separation or a separation order. There will also be an increase from £50 to £53 for an application for an agreed consent order. An application for a financial remedy order will rise from £255 to £275. An application in existing proceedings on notice has been increased from £155 to £167. Making a request for a copy of a document from the court will rise from £10 to £11. However, there is no fee for a Non-Molestation or Occupation Order application.
Children Court Fee Increases
Under the Children Act 1989, an application for a child arrangements order, specific issues order, prohibited steps order, parental responsibility or financial provision for children, will rise from £215 to £232. An application for a section 8 order, enforcement order, compensation for financial loss, change of a child’s surname or removal from jurisdiction while a child arrangements order is in force, special guardianship order, secure accommodation order, contact with child in care order, education supervision order,variation or discharge of care and supervision order, child assessment order, emergency protection order, and recovery order will all increase from £215 to £232. An application under section 31 of the Children Act 1989, for care and supervision orders, will increase from £2,055 to £2,215. An application under section 22 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, for a placement order, will increase from £455 to £490.
Fee increases could potentially reduce access to legal services but a free initial consultation with MLS, could guide you in the right direction. At MLS we can assist with myriad of family law issues, give us a call to find out more.
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