From 30 September 2021, the costs of issuing certain applications in the Family Court will increase, following the implementation of the Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendment) Order. So, what does this mean for you?

Divorce and Financial proceedings

If you are seeking a decree of divorce or nullity of a marriage or for the dissolution or nullity of a civil partnership, the application fee will be £593 (previously £550).

For an application for a Decree Nisi, conditional order, decree of judicial separation or a separation order, the cost will increase from £50 to £54.

If you agree to a financial order by consent, the application fee will remain the same and is currently £50. However, for contested financial matters the application fee will increase to £275 (previously £255).

Children issues

An application for any of the following orders will be increasing from £215 to £232:

  1. A Child Arrangements Order – an order which determines with whom a child should live or spend time with.
  2. A Specific Issue Order - this determines an issue that has arisen between parents such as whether a child can move abroad or which school they should attend.
  3. A Prohibited Steps Order – is an order preventing a particular action such as removing a child from school or relocating to another area of the country.
  4. A Special Guardianship Order – is an order that places a child with someone permanently and gives them parental responsibility.

You can find a full list of the increasing fees here.

For more information

For further information regarding getting a divorce, financial remedy or children act proceedings, please contact Natasha Alton.