As of Monday 21st March 2016, the fee for filing a divorce petition has increased from £410.00 to £550.00.
The increase of 34% has been introduced only 2 years after the divorce fee was last increased. In July 2015, the Ministry of Justice even considered increasing the fee to an overwhelming sum of £750.00. However, ‘more affordable’ fees wanted to be maintained
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice has expressed that although the increase is unpopular, it is necessary to reduce the burden of the courts and tribunals on the tax payer.
It has been said that this increase, along with others, is estimated to deliver more than £60million in additional income a year.