Can you get help with court fees? Psst! The answer may surprise you.
I don’t know about you, but so far 2021 feels more groundhog day than the fresh start I hoped. Another national lockdown means a return to furlough and uncertainty about the future for many. It’s easy to see how that drive to sort your divorce out can run out of steam. But lockdown may hold a hidden benefit.
One of the biggest financial obstacles facing anyone getting a divorce is the court fees of £550. What many people don’t know is these court fees can be reduced and avoided altogether, if you earn less than £2,200 a month or receive benefits. This means that if you suddenly find your hours reduced again, or that you have to claim Universal Credit as an example, then you could make drastic savings on the cost of your divorce.
To be eligible, you need to have less than £3,000 in savings and investments if you’re under the age of 61, and under £16,000 if you are over 61.
You also either need to be on a low income or receive one of the following benefits:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support
- Universal Credit (and you earn less than £6,000 a year)
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
Even if you’re not on any of those benefits, you won’t have to pay the court fee if you earn less than £1,085 a month before tax if you’re single. The infographic shows how much you are likely to pay in court fees based on your monthly income before tax.
If you live with a partner, you get an extra allowance of £160. And if you have children, you get a further £245 for each child you have. For example, if you have a partner and two children, you can earn up to £1,735 to be eligible for a full court fee reduction.
And as the graphic shows, providing the other conditions are met, as a single person, with no children you could still earn up to £2,100 a month before tax and get the fee partly reduced.
Get help with fees in minutes.
I know what you are thinking. This sounds great, but how many hoops do I need to jump through and how long does it take? Surprisingly it is straightforward and extremely fast. It takes less than five minutes to apply, and you get your help with fees code instantly. All you then need to do is email the code through to us at Easy Online Divorce, and we will apply it to your divorce petition. It couldn’t be easier.
Many people feel trapped in a marriage because they think they can’t afford to divorce. We speak to people daily who are surprised but delighted when they find out that they don’t have to pay court fees.