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rise in divorce fees

An unexpected increase in divorce fees will probably come into effect on Monday raising the cost of a divorce from £410 to £550.

Emails have been received by family lawyers from the Courts divorce units confirming the Ministry of Justices’ decision subject to parliamentary approval.

The proposed increase was not included in the list of fee increases announced by the government at the end of last year and has been met with opposition from family lawyers.

Richard Scott, Family Law Solicitor and partner of Howells Solicitors has questioned the impact this might have on current divorce cases.

“The information clients will have received will potentially be incorrect as of Monday and there isn’t any time to change a petition before the new fee comes into force. It would appear little or no thought has been made regarding this decision and its introduction. There are plenty of questions that need to be answered before the proposed new fees are implemented.”

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