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An Expected Increase in Court Fees

Last week the Ministry of Justice announced that there will be an increase in fees for issuing divorce and nullity proceedings from £410.00 to £550.00.

This is following the Government Consultation on Court fees. It was originally proposed that the fees for divorce proceedings were to be increased by 80% however this was decided against as ‘more affordable’ fees wanted to be maintained.

In addition to this increase, there will be a general uplift of approximately 10% on other fees in civil proceedings:

  • Application for Possession: From £280 to £355.
  • General applications in civil proceedings without notice or by consent: From £50 to £100.
  • An application on notice which is contested: From £155 to £255.

Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) costs approximately £1 billion a year more than it receives income. These changes are estimated to deliver more than £60 million in additional income a year.

We will update existing and future clients when the new fees are implemented.