Court fee increases from 1 July 2013

Court fee increases from 1 July 2013

As from 1 July 2013 the Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2013, SI 2013/1407 (FPF(A)O 2013) amended the Family Proceedings Fees Order 2008, SI 2008/1054 (FPFO 2008), increasing court fees for the majority of family proceedings.

According to the explanatory memorandum the increase is based upon the cumulative rate of the Consumer Price Index inflation since the date on which they were last increased. Amendments have also apparently been made to:

  • ‘harmonise’ the fee levels charged across the civil and family courts for certain types of application
  • reduce the amount of fee charging points in certain applications
  • amend the existing anomalies in certain fee charges

What are the most significant changes?

The fee payable on an application for a decree of divorce, nullity, a dissolution order or nullity order will increase from £340 to £410. However, whereas previously there was a fee payable of £45 on an application to make a decree or order absolute or final, where the applicant has paid the issue fee of £410 for the petition this additional fee is no longer payable. In relation to cases where the application for a matrimonial order was made on or before 30 June 2013 the transitional provisions provide that the fee on an application to make a decree nisi absolute or a conditional order final is still £45.

Transitional provisions also apply where on or before 30 June 2013 an application was made in relation to proceedings under the Children Act 1989, s 31 (ChA 1989) and an issues resolution hearing or a pre-hearing review has been listed on or after 1 July 2013. In those circumstances the fee is £795 and the notes in respect of fee 2.2 in the FPFO 2008 applicable to an issues resolution hearing or a pre-hearing review and in respect of a refund where a final order is made at a case management conference prior to the coming into force of the amendments continue to have effect.

There are also transitional provisions that apply in relation to a request for detailed assessment in certain circumstances.

What do family lawyers need to be aware of?

Lawyers need to be aware of the increases and

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About the author:

Claire is a member of the LexisPSL Family team and has almost twenty years of experience as a family solicitor. She specialises in all aspects of private family work, including resolving issues relating to property, money, and children arising on relationship breakdown between married and unmarried couples.

Claire worked as a family solicitor at Hart Brown solicitors in Surrey. She was an accredited specialist with Resolution with particular expertise in the areas of advanced financial provision and pensions. She was also on the Law Society Family Law Panel.