Court application fees to increase on 30 September 2021


There is to be an increase in the level of fees an applicant must pay to the Family Court when submitting various applications. From 30 September 2021 there will be an increase in court fees for applications for:

  • A decree of divorce or nullity under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and a dissolution or nullity order under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 – the fee will go from £550 to £593.
  • A decree nisi, conditional order, a decree of judicial separation or a separation order in a contested case – the fee will go from £50 to £54.
  • A financial order (other than by consent) known as Form A – the fee will go from £255 to £275.
  • Financial provision for children under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 – the fee will go from £215 to £232.
  • A parental responsibility order, section 8 order, special guardianship order, an order for the appointment of a child’s guardian or special guardian and an order discharging such an appointment – the fee will go from £215 to £232.
  • An enforcement order or an order for compensation for financial loss – the fee will go from £215 to £232.
  • An order to change a child’s surname and an order to remove a child from the jurisdiction while a child arrangements order is in force – the fee will go from £215 to £232.
  • Care and supervision orders – the fee will go from £2,055 to £2,215.
  • A placement order – the fee will go from £455 to £490.
  • A secure accommodation order (in England and Wales), an order to change a child’s surname or remove a child from the jurisdiction while a care order is in force and an order for contact with a child in care – the fee will go from £215 to £232.
  • An emergency protection order, a recovery order and a variation or discharge of care and supervision orders – the fee will go from £215 to £232.

The above is not an exhaustive list so it is best to continue checking to see when the full list of fees has been updated. This can be found here.

Amanda Erskine is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors in Suffolk.

Ipswich Family Solicitors – for more information on our range of legal services, please call the team on 01473 611211 or email bg@barkergotelee.co.uk