Divorce and finances

New family court fees

Many of the family court fees are going up from 30th September 2021. For example, to apply for a divorce or final order to end a civil partnership the fee will be £593. Many fees for applications about children are going up from £215 to £232.

So, before you decide to ask the court for an order it is important to check how much you may have to pay. If you are on a low income make sure you take a look at our short guide on getting help with fees.

If you are getting a divorce or ending your civil partnership, we have lots of resources to help you to divide your money and property fairly. All our guides assume you can't afford much or any help from a solicitor and show you how to sort out your divorce settlement yourselves. Some bits are very complicated however, so if you can afford just a bit of expert help, you should.

It is tempting to avoid dealing with your pensions in the divorce as they are complicated, but it is really important that you do. In most cases, you will not be able to come to a fair arrangement unless you do. Watch the short film to understand why. Our  guide explains, step by step, what you need to do to include them in your divorce financial settlement.

For help with other aspects of your divorce or separation see Help to deal with family problems.