If you are looking to get a divorce and both parties are in agreement, then it makes sense to consider which person should be the Petitioner.

The Petitioner is the person filing the divorce.

If you consider who is the petitioner you may be able to avoid the expense of paying the current divorce filing fee of £550.

Do you have to pay court fees for your divorce?

There is no point paying a court fee to file the divorce unless you absolutely have to.

If one of you is in receipt of any of following benefits, court fees will not be payable under the court fee exemption scheme;

• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Pension Credit guarantee credit
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Working Tax Credit but not in receipt of Child Tax Credit Even if one of you does not receive the benefits that are listed above you may still be able to get exemption or paying a reduced amount.

We have produced a court fee remission and exemption calculator that will calculate the amount you have to pay (if anything).

For instance, if one of you earns less than £1,200 month and has two children, you won’t have to pay anything for your court fee.

You can use our free calculator here.

You can also call us on 01793 384 029 and our trained advisers will be able to assess your case over the phone for free.

This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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