Getting help with divorce court fees

Aug 23, 2021

Getting help with divorce court fees

Did you know you might be eligible for help with divorce court fees?  Find out more in this post. If you have a question, book your free 15 minute consultation with our legal team. We’ll let you know your options and estimated costs.

Divorce Court Fees

To apply for a divorce, you need to file a divorce petition (find out the steps on our divorce page). The person who files the application (known as the petitioner) will need to pay £550 in court fees. If you have little or no savings, are on certain benefits or have a low income, you might be able to get money off your court fees.

Who Can Get Help with Fees?

You may not have to pay a fee, or you may get some money off if you:

  • have no savings, or less than £3,000* in savings (*if your court fee is under £1,000)
    • and receive certain benefits (see below list)
    • or are on a low income

Which Benefits Do You Need To Receive?

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit (and you’re earning less than £6,000 a year)
  • Pension Credit (guarantee credit)

What If You’re Not On Benefits?

If you’re not on any of those benefits, you usually need to earn £1,085 or less a month before tax if you’re single. You can earn an extra £245 on top of that for each child you have.

How To Apply

You can apply on the Government’s website. If you have a question, book your free 15 minute consultation with our legal team. SKB Law is a specialist family law firm with offices in Bradford and London. We advise and represent clients across England & Wales. Our services cover all areas of family law, including prenuptials and estate planning.

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