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Divorcing couples have been warned about future prices as coalition plans may double the cost of filing a divorce in 2011.

On 1st September this year, the fee for filing a divorce rose by 14% to £340.00 from £300. That figure is likely to rise to at least £500.00 in 2011 as the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) implements full-cost recovery fees as part of their 2007 Spending Review strategy.

But following comments from the MOJ, there are strong indications that court fees for filing a divorce in England and Wales will double in 2011 under the Public Spending Review being carried out by the Coalition.

“This modest increase will provide an effective interim measure to help reduce the family fee shortfall for 2010/11”, said the Ministry, adding: “Family fees have historically been set well below full cost and have benefited from subsidies from undefended debt claims in civil proceedings and from the general taxpayer. This position is unsustainable.”

Experts are predicting that fees of £500 or more for just filing the petition could cause outrage and only those on very low income or benefits are going to be able to apply for a reduction.

While no one should be rushed into making life-changing decisions, couples looking to separate should consider how to avoid MOJ plans by approaching family law experts today.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

September 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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