The below article very succinctly sets out the injustice of the new increase in the divorce petition fee. There are also huge hikes in other court areas - clinical negligence and probate to name two
“The stealthy implementation of the hike in divorce fees, from £410 to £550 is scandalous and not backed up by a proper impact assessment. As a result of the steep increase, many people currently in the process of separating will have received incorrect information as to the charge for lodging a divorce petition .“Divorce is not a ‘choice to litigate’ - it’s a necessary part of the legal process to bring a relationship to an end. Whether people mediate, negotiate their own outcome or go to court, they have to pay the divorce petition fee. The actual cost of the administrative process has been shown to be £270, meaning that at new rates the MoJ is making a profit of more than 100% - in effect, levying a divorce tax.