Applying to Court
Before make an application to court you might like to look at our 'Access to Mediation' programme, available from May 2017. See our blog for more details.
GOING TO COURT? GUIDES, FILMS AND WEBLINKS to help you.
The thought of having to go to court can feel very daunting, particularly if you are thinking about representing yourself (without a solicitor or barrister there to help you). You may find you receive plenty of well-intentioned advice from friends, but their circumstances may not be exactly the same as yours. (You may also notice that those who had a 'nightmare time' are more keen to share their experiences than those who sorted things out without too much hassle.)
There is information in this section to help you if you are
- applying to court about children arrangements including contact
- apply to court for a financial order as part of a divorce
- divorcing with or without a lawyer to help you
All the information in this section comes from government sources so it is reliable. We are trying to keep this section updated to help people who don't have access to legal advice. If you come across a useful resource or link please let us know and we'll include it to help others.
(Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading 'Update: Going to Court')
Last updated: 4th January 2016.
GOING TO COURT - CHILD MATTER
The Ministry of Justice has produced a series of very useful YouTube films to walk you through the process from start to finish. You will need to watch them in order:
- Making your application to court:
- Attending a first hearing
Attending a full hearing:
Representing yourself in court
.........in a children matter?
There is a film here to help you prepare to represent yourself:
and an accompanying booklet:
..........in a financial matter?
and help on filling out a Form E (why you need this is explained in the guide)
FORMS TO FILL IN FOR THE COURT:
Click here for a useful HM Courts Service Guide on how to apply to court in relation to children arrangements.
The form you need to fill in to apply to court for a children issue (C100) is here. Please note you will need a mediator's signature on page 19.
GOING TO COURT: FINANCE ISSUES (relating to divorce):
Click here for a copy of the Form A. Please note you will need a mediator's signature on page 9.
GUIDANCE ON HOW TO DIVORCE
HOW TO DIVORCE WITHOUT A LAWYER:
(Please read this guidance carefully if you are thinking of divorcing without at least some advice from a lawyer.)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO APPLY TO COURT?
The following are the court fees. If you are using a solicitor - or a barrister and solicitor if you go to a full hearing - you will need to factor in their hourly or daily fees.
There is some assistance for people on low incomes or benefits but the main court costs are:
Children matter: £215
Finance matter: £255
Divorce petition: £410
Consent order (finance)*: £50
*This is where you agree the arrangements in mediation and the court makes them legal.
Court Enquiries Service: 0300 123 5577
Addresses of Family Courts in Hertfordshire:
Watford County Court & Family Court
11-19 Station Road
Hertford County Family Court
PO Box 373
- Court building open: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
- Telephone Enquiries from: 9am to 5pm
- Court counter open: 10am to 2pm. (By appointment only at Watford).
SIGNING YOUR FORM(s) FOR COURT:
We will of course be happy to sign your court form to say you have attended a MIAM and/or mediation where this is the case. Each form contains a mediator's page for signature.
We will send you a signed mediator's page on request. Please specify which form you are using.
All signed page requests are processed at our St Albans Head Office on 01727 812464. If you ring this number a member of the admin team will be able to help. We aim to send these out the same or next day.
Please don't drop into the Hemel or Stevenage offices on the chance that a mediator may be available. Mediators have consecutive appointments and aren't available to see people who drop in without an appointment. The administration team will help you on 01727 812464.