The Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2015 was published on 16th March 2015.
This Order amends the Family Proceedings Fees Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/1054) (“the Order”), which governs the fees payable in family proceedings in England and Wales in the, High Court and the Family Court.
Article 3 disapplies fees in certain proceedings brought by persons at risk of domestic violence or protected persons. The proceedings are those relating to non-molestation orders, occupation orders, orders for forced marriage protection orders under the Family Law Act 1996 (c. 27) and also any proceedings relating to protection measures under Regulation (1972 (c.18).
Article 6 corrects the definition of benefits in Schedule 2 to the Order which are excluded when determining whether to grant a fee remission, so as to include reference to benefits under the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 (asp 1).
Article 8(b) amends the fee for making decrees nisi, absolute or conditional orders final (dissolving civil partnerships). That fee continues to apply to certain remaining cases by virtue of the Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2013 (SI 2013/1407). The fee is increased from £45 to £50 where the application is made on or after 6th April 2015.
The Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2015 is available to download here .