Proposed Hike in Divorce Court Fees Will Deny Justice to the Average Consumer

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Massive hike in court fees may mean thousands unable to divorce.

Consumers who seek to use the family courts in England and Wales may soon face a hike in court fees of up to 650% in 2006 if Government proposals to save £50 million go ahead.

The proposals mean that a parent seeking to have contact with their children would have to pay £175.00 instead of £30.00 and in a straight forward divorce the fees will rise from £210.00 to £300.00.

Mark Keenan, Legal Director at Divorce-Online, one of the UK’s leading online divorce services believes that this increase in fees will be grossly unfair to the average consumer after fees were already hiked in 2004 for many cases. He also believes that the courts are a vital public service, which should be funded from general taxation and should not be entirely self-funding from fees as the government are proposing.

He also says, “We deal with primarily uncontested divorces at Divorce-Online, and have found that the increase in court fees last year, together with high legal fees from high street Solicitors, led to many more people turning to us to assist them with their divorce proceedings as they simply could not afford both the court fees and a lawyer.

I can see that these proposals if implemented will increase the demand for our online services, as many people on average incomes will simply not be able to afford to use Solicitors and pay the increased court fees."

Note for editors:

Mark Keenan is the founder and Legal Director of Divorce-Online

Divorce-Online was founded in 1999 to UK consumers with a cost effective means of obtaining a divorce without using a Solicitor. Divorce-Online has processed over 30,000 divorce petitions since launching.

For more information about this release contact

Mark Keenan

Divorce-Online

Alexander House

19 Fleming Way

Swindon

SN1 2NG

T.01793 495959

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