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.