For any of our clients in the process of, or thinking of initiating divorce proceedings or bringing a civil partnership to an end, we have some important news to pass on. At the start of this week (21st March), the Ministry of Justice raised the court fees to £550 (from £410).
Although many family law firms have opposed the fee hike, the Ministry of Justice decided to implement the increases with immediate effect from Monday.
The 34% increase in court costs means that ALL couples looking to start proceedings to bring their marriage or civil partnership to an end will have to find the extra money. The costs are unavoidable, even if they issue proceedings themselves.
Speaking on behalf of Otten Penna, Vicky Wright, Partner said “Like most other family law solicitors, we are disappointed in the decision to increase court fees, and recognise that additional expense is the last thing our clients need, at what is already an expensive and stressful time.
Advice for existing clients
For any clients already in the process of separating and who have not yet started court proceedings, we regret that any information provided about the relevant court charges will be inaccurate, and will now have to be recalculated to include this rise in cost. If you have any questions about your case, please contact us the office to discuss.
If you would like to chat to one of our trained Family Law solicitors, please contact us on 0161 945 1431 or feel free to pop in to one of our FREE Family Law Clinics here at our Northenden Offices, every Wednesday from10am-4pm, and at the Wythenshawe Civic Centre Forum (Library) on Thursday from 12pm-2pm.
Vicky Wright, Solicitor
Vicky Wright, Solicitor is a member of Resolution and an accredited specialist in Finance and Children, Vicky undertakes all aspects of family law including financial matters arising from the breakdown of marriages and other relationships, divorce and children issues and domestic violence.