The price of obtaining a divorce may soon become unaffordable for many as the cost to file a divorce as imposed by The Ministry of Justice in England and Wales is set for a further dramatic increase.

Announced this week, the fee for filing a divorce in the County Court will increase to £410.00 from £340.00 on 1st July 2013. This figure, paid at the beginning of the divorce proceedings, will now include the fee for the Decree Absolute which is usually paid for at the end of the proceedings.

Along with the recent cuts to Legal Aid for family and divorce cases, this recently imposed increase in Court fees is a concern as it might put off couples who wish to separate from issuing divorce proceedings. Whilst it is always sad when a marriage breaks down, the strain of staying in a marriage that is beyond recovery can have wider, long-lasting consequences on the individuals and any children involved.

Notwithstanding the forthcoming rise in Court fees, Farleys offer a range of affordable solutions for separation and divorce, including a fixed fee divorce package.  Designed as an affordable option for straightforward divorce cases, our fixed fee divorce is charged at £450 (plus VAT), plus any applicable Court fees.

Whilst a fixed fee divorce might not be open to all couples, as the service is dependent upon the divorce being undefended, (ie. where both parties are in agreement and wish to proceed without argument), there are a range of other affordable options available. For a fixed cost of £250 including VAT, we can offer clients a case management meeting to discuss the options regarding your divorce or separation; helping you decide upon the best way forward.

To speak to a family law solicitor for advice about fixed fee divorces, filing for divorce or any other family law matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

By Antonia Love, Divorce Solicitor in Lancashire