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The price of getting divorced has increased
Over the years there has been a steady increase in the cost of issuing a divorce petition. The figure increased on 21st March 2016 from £410 to £550, an increase of £140. Previous plans proposed the court issue fees to increase by 80% to a whopping £750.  However, ministers did not endorse the increase in its entirety. Even with the decreased increase in court issue fees, it appears that the Ministry of Justice are making a 100% profit as figures suggest that the actual cost of a divorce is around £270.
 
Shailesh Vara Courts Minister at the time said;
 “We recognise that fee increases are not popular but they are necessary if we are to deliver our promises to fix the economy and bring the nation into surplus.  At every stage we have sought to protect the most vulnerable by ensuring they will not have to pay new and higher fees by making the remissions scheme more generous.  We have also sought to ensure that those who can afford to – such as wealthy individuals or large corporations making very high money claims – will make a bigger contribution.  Every pound we collect from these fee increases will be spent on providing an efficient and effective system of courts and tribunals.”
 
Getting divorced is stressful enough without the added pressure of worrying about excessive legal fees. We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for your divorce but we will have to discuss whether this is suitable for you at our first meeting. Please note that we are not able to offer fixed fees when dealing with financial matters or children matters due to the extensive work that is involved.
 
Although we try to offer as many fixed fee options as possible; there are instances where we will not be able to offer fixed fee divorces or deal with your financial matters due to your specific scenario. Our experienced family law department conduct work in a timely manner whilst always taking into consideration the cost implications. You will be kept up to speed from start to finish and along with dealing with your divorce we will finalise your financial matters and/or children matters- making the process as smooth and as stress-free as we possibly can.
 
If you are going through or considering divorce contact our experienced family lawyers on 01462 483 800. We can offer you a one off fixed fee appointment for 1 hour for £144 inclusive of VAT or 1 hour 30 minute appointment for £180 inclusive of VAT (mainly for financial matters).

By Vyonne Manuel
May 2018