Your eligibility for exemption from court fees will depend on the different factors explained below, including any benefits you receive, your current income and any savings or investments you have.
Please note, in order to obtain this court fee exemption, the EX160a application form will need to be sent to the court along with your petition. We will assess your eligibility based on the information we ask from you, and if we are then confident that you will not need to pay the full £550 court fee, we will attach this application form, already filled in at no added cost, to the documents requiring your signature that we will be sending to you.
You should be aware that even if you most likely won't need to pay the court fee, you will still be required to send the cheque made out to the court to us along with the documents you will be signing and returning. This is because it will be the court, not us, deciding whether to grant you full or part exemption from the £550 fee, and therefore the court will not consider your divorce petition unless this is attached.
If you receive one of the following benefits, you could be entitled to exemption from the court fee.