The cost of divorce is to rise after ministers announced that the basic legal fees couples must pay will go up by a third to help cut the national deficit.
Shailesh Vara, the courts minister, said raising the £410 court fee to £550 was essential “to fix the economy and bring the nation into surplus”. Lawyers said that while the extra cost might seem small compared with others associated with divorce, they would add to the burden already caused by the abolition of legal aid in most divorce cases.
Not entirely sure about the “surplus” bit, as the civil court system isn’t supposed to make a profit.
However, it is supposed to cover its costs from its fees. Which, by and large, it does. A useful thing to remember when people start whining that companies should pay tax because they get to use the courts…..