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The UK government has scrapped plans to increase divorce fees following a consultation on the issue. Initial plans would have seen the cost of filing for divorce increase almost twofold.


Currently, filing for divorce costs £410 but the proposal would have seen that rise to £750.

The Ministry of Justice announced the change in a recently published response to the consultation. However, they also noted that, while the current fees exceed the costs of proceedings, the government did not think a reduction could be justified.

The consultation found that most people were, naturally, totally against such a significant increase in costs. Other respondents said that the proposed increase would “deter people from seeking a divorce” and could potentially trap people who found themselves “in unhappy or violent marriages” if they could not afford the fee.

An uncontested divorce only costs the court £270 each. This means that, at the current price, the government makes a £140 profit from each divorce and this adds up to a total of £16.8 million every year.

An uncontested divorce only costs the court £270 each. This means that, at the current price, the government makes a £140 profit from each divorce and this adds up to a total of £16.8 million every year.