By Louise Martin, Solicitor, Director & Family Mediator

As has been expected, the MOJ have now announced that court fees are to rise this autumn.

In family law, the fee on filing a petition a divorce, nullity or civil partnership dissolution will increase from £550 to £593, an application for parental order will increase from £215 to £232, and an application for financial remedy will increase from £255 to £275 with effect from 30th September.

There will also be changes to the threshold to qualify for a fee remission.

The rises come at a time when many court users are feeling frustrated by the system. However, they are considered by the MOJ to be necessary to cover rising costs, rather than profiting from court users. Court fees cover only a fraction of the overall running costs of Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service.

If you need advice and assistance in family law, please email our Head of Family Law at with your enquiry.​