Going to the family court

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 going to court (or considering it) to sort out a family law problem, like divorce or arrangements for your children, we want to help. We know that if you cannot get legal aid and cannot afford the help of a solicitor, it is very stressful and difficult. Our guides help you find your way confidently through the process, and aim to make it more manageable for you. We now also provide a panel of solicitors offering help at a reduced, fixed fee for just the most complicated bits of child arrangements or financial cases. We link to the best information from other organisations, and we also highlight where you may be able to get free advice and support to deal with your case.