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Fees for non-molestation and occupation orders to be abolished

Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2014/811 made.

The £75 fee for domestic violence injunctions will cease from 22 April, as part of an overhaul of the fees charged in civil and family courts in England and Wales.

Under the MoJ's plans, the fees for civil courts (not criminal courts) will be adjusted to address the shortfall.

More than 20,000 applications for non-molestation and occupation orders were made in 2012. From 22 April there will be no fee for such applications.

Fees will remain the same for cases involving family issues such as child contact (£215), divorce financial disputes (£255) and adoption applications (£170). There will be a reduction in the fee for local authorities for application and hearing fees to take a child into care (from £5,475 to £2,055).

The Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2014/811 is here.

Courts Minister Shailesh Vara said:

"I want to emphasise that we will protect vulnerable groups by keeping fees the same for sensitive family issues including adoption applications and child contact. Moreover, we are scrapping the fee for domestic violence injunctions to make sure there are no unnecessary barriers between people and the help they need.

"And people who cannot afford court fees do not have to pay – they can apply for waivers using the means-tested remissions system."

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