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‘There are only two things that the justice system does where you have to use the system. One is divorce, the other is probate … Therefore, we have a captive market … I have to say that there is something rather unattractive – particularly if one is selling justice, which one should not be doing – in battening on to the fact that there is a captive market and that, because there is no elasticity of demand, one can simply go on putting up the fees until it becomes another poll tax on wheels.
‘There will come a point where people start to say to themselves, “why does it cost six, seven or eight times as much to get divorced as it did to get married in the first place?”’
‘We are pleased to see the Justice Select Committee has listened to Resolution’s evidence and recommended the government rescind the recent rise in fees for divorce petitions.
‘The Committee rightly recognises that this rise effectively amounted to a new tax on divorce, and that by raising it, people were being charged around twice what it actually costs to process a divorce petition.
‘…We urge Ministers to listen to the Committee, reverse the fee hike, and reimburse the thousands of people who have been unfairly penalised as a result of divorce tax.’
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