How to avoid paying court fees when getting a divorce
If you are looking to start a divorce and both parties are in agreement, then it makes sense to consider which person should be the petitioner, i.e the person filing the divorce to avoid the expense of paying the current divorce filing fee of £410.
There is no point paying a court fee to file the divorce unless you absolutely have to.
If one of you is in receipt of the following benefits, court fees will not be payable under the court fee exemption scheme.
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Pension Credit guarantee credit
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Working Tax Credit but not in receipt of Child Tax Credit
Even if one of you does not receive the benefits that are listed above you may still be able to get exemption or paying a reduced amount.
We have produced a court fee remission and exemption calculator that will calculate the amount you have to pay (if anything)
For instance if one of you earns less than 1200 month and has two children, you won’t have to pay anything for your court fee.