Court Fees for Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolution
You might have to pay a fee if you go to a court in England or Wales.
If you’re on a low income, or if you’re on certain benefits and don’t have much in savings, you might be able to get money off your court or tribunal fee (read Get help paying court and tribunal fees)
How much you pay
The fees you need to pay at a court or tribunal depend on your claim or case. You may have to pay multiple fees, for example a hearing fee and an application fee. Court and tribunal fees are different from legal costs, for example paying for a solicitor.
Filing an application for a divorce, nullity or civil partnership - £550
Filing an application for judicial separation - £365
Filing an application for a second or subsequent matrimonial or civil partnership order with permission granted under Family Procedure - £95
Filing an answer to an application for a matrimonial or civil partnership order - £245
Filing an amended application for a matrimonial or civil partnership order - £95
Filing an application to start proceedings where no other fee is specified - £245
Filing an application to make a decree nisi, absolute (divorce), or a conditional order, final (dissolution) - only payable if the original application for divorce, nullity or civil partnership dissolution was filed before 1 July 2013 - £50
Filing a Declaration as to marital status, parentage, legitimacy or adoptions effected overseas - £365
Application for a financial order, other than by consent - £255
Application by consent for a financial order - £50
Read the full list of fees civil and family court cases (EX50) (PDF Download)
How to pay your court or tribunal fee
You can’t pay most fees online.
- in person at a court by cheque, cash, debit or credit card. Find your local court here
- by post with a cheque made out to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’