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Family lawyers & divorce lawyers

The Sydney Morning Herald reported recently on a new hidden tax in the Federal Budget.

The Treasurer announced measures to make separating couples who end up in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court pay $66.6 million more for justice. Even a straightforward uncontested divorce is likely to cost more.

Although the new fee schedules have not yet been announced, it is expected they will apply from 1 July 2015. The Opposition Leader, Mr Shorten, in his Budget Reply has called the proposed measure "a mean spirited tax on family breakdowns."

Those who were contemplating filing for Divorce or other relief should probably try to do so before 1 July 2015, to avoid the increased fees.