What is a filing fee?

A filing fee is a tax that is charged by the courthouse at the time of filing to issue all litigants a case number on their legal documents.  The fee is used to pay all the all the costs like power, water, upkeep and staff salaries of the court. The fee is also used to fund some necessary programs that the court sponsors like domestic violence programs.

Family Court Filing Fees:

The court as May 15, 2013 charges everyone who files a case in Maricopa County a fee to issue a case number.

To file a divorce, legal separation or an annulment the fee is $338.

To filing a response (answer) with counter-petition to contest a divorce, legal separation or an annulment the fee is $269.

All other filing fees $84

Can this fee be waived or deferred?

Yes, the court's filing fee can be deferred if your income is less than:

For addition dependent qualifications please speak with a representative.

 

Bankruptcy Court Filing Fee

Currently the bankruptcy court charges a $306 filing fee in all Chapter 7 Bankruptcy matters.

Can this fee be waived or deferred?

Yes, the court will usually allow a deferral of this fee with $50 down at the time of filing.

For more information

Visit our FAQs page or our keyword searchable blog, eFamilyLaw for more detailed information; You may also call and speak with one of our friendly representatives.