We have just received some unwelcome news from the Ministry of Justice that the filing fee for divorce is to increase from £410 to £550 following a short consultation.
Which means, in effect, the court fees for divorce WILL rise, probably in September 2015.
We will be told a few days before and probably before the court staff when the rise will take effect.
We love the way HMCTS give us 48 hours to update our website, systems and emails when they either produce new forms or raise fees, it really makes us feel all warm inside.
Anyway, the upshot of this is, it makes even more sense to consider using Divorce-Online to handle your divorce rather than a high street solicitor, because our fees are way lower than the high street, we anticipate another rise in customers who want a quality service without the high costs.
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The fact our fees are lower than the divorce court fee, is also odd considering we do all the work in a divorce, with the court generally just issuing the case, dealing with the decree nisi and then issuing the decree absolute.
All the work in between is dealt with by us for a lot less than the court charge just to effectively allow it to go through their system.
When we started Divorce-Online the fee was £210 it will soon be £550, a massive increase meaning that only the poor and the rich can divorce without having to think about it.
For many on average wages this is going to be a struggle.
We would prefer to see the court fee split into three payments, one for the petition, one for the decree nisi and one for the decree absolute.
Over 6 months this should make it easier for people to be able to save.
You may be able to get state help with the court fees, so use our free court fee calculator to find out.