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Post-Christmas divorce predicted rush predicted as divorce fees set to rocket

An online divorce firm is predicting a big spike in divorce filings in January as couples rush to beat the Governments proposed hike in court fees to file a divorce.

The fees will rise in April from £410 to £550 a massive 34% increase, despite the actual cost of processing a divorce having been calculated at £260.
A draft statutory instrument has been laid before parliament and unless the Government do a U turn in the next 3 months, the fees will be introduced at the start of the new financial year.

As one of the largest firms sending divorce petitions to the divorce centres, Divorce-Online are already warning potential divorcees of the coming rise.

Mark Keenan a s spokesman for the company believes that the rise will prevent couples on modest means from formalising their split and many couples will be left in a legal limbo for years,...

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