Monday, 19 January 2015

Divorce fees not to be increased

At last some good news - the Ministry of Justice has abandoned plans to increase the divorce application fee from £410 to £750 after an outcry over the proposed increase.

The reasons for not going ahead included:

  • There was no justification for an increased fee
  • People would be deterred from seeking a divorce if the fee went up
  • Courts shouldn’t make further profits out of the breakdown of marriages.
  • If the costs were higher, more people would stay in violent or unhappy marriages
  • It could discriminate against women - more women than men seek a divorce so higher fees would have a disproportionate impact on women.
  • Recent reforms to fee remissions mean that fewer people qualify so more would struggle to pay the fee.

Sadly though, the fee isn’t going down - the Ministry of Justice said that a decrease couldn’t be justified “in the current financial climate”.

At least it’s not going up!

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