Increases in court fees for family proceedings

Look out for changes, including some significant increases in Court fees, in family proceedings from 1st July 2013.

Perhaps the most significant increase is to the fee payable on applying for a decree of divorce, nullity, a dissolution order or nullity order which will increase from £340 to £410.  However, the additional fee of £45 to obtain the decree or order absolute, where the applicant has paid the issue fee of £410 for the petition is no longer payable.

Here is a summary of the main changes:-

  • to apply for a decree of divorce, nullity, dissolution or nullity order – fee of £340 has increased to £410
  • to apply to proceed with an amended application for matrimonial or civil partnership order – fee of £90 increased to £95
  • to file an answer to an application for a matrimonial or civil partnership order – fee of £230 increased to £245
  • to apply in defended divorce proceedings for decree nisi, conditional order, a decree of judicial separation or a separation order  – fee of £45 increased to £50
  • to apply on notice for a financial order – fee of £240 increased to £255
  • to start proceedings where no other fee is specified – fee of £230 increased to £245
  • to apply without notice or by consent except where specified separately – fee remains at £45
  • to apply on notice except where specified separately – fee has in fact reduced from £90 to £80
  • to apply for a non-molestation order, an occupation order or a forced marriage protection order (or for two/more of those orders)—fee of £70 increased to £75
  • to apply for parental responsibility, contact, residence, prohibited steps, specific issue order, contact enforcement (‘section 8 orders’) or financial provision for children—fee of £200 increased to £215
  • to apply for special guardianship orders or to vary or discharge an order—fee of £160 increased to £170

For further information and advice, please contact our Family team – family@blasermills.co.uk