Proposal to increase divorce fee dropped

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The government has scrapped its proposal to raise the amount payable to file a divorce petition from £410 to £750 following a consultation.

The proposal was highly criticised by respondents to the consultation. Some of the main criticisms included:

  • The consultation included no justification as to why the fee should be increased;
  • It is wrong to seek to obtain more profit from the breakdown of a relationship;
  • Such a high fee would discourage people from seeking a divorce, which may leave them trapped in an unhappy or abusive relationship;
  • Many would find themselves unable to pay the fee; and
  • As more women file divorce petitions than men, it would be discriminatory.

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