Legal Services on Japanese Laws

Costs for resolutions

We provide general information about the costs for solutions of your problems. Please contact us for the details.

Fees due to the court

Family troubles

Filing fees for a divorce conciliation procedure are 1,200 yen. Filing fees for a divorce suit are 13,000 yen at the minimum and if the plaintiff also claims for distribution of property, child support money, and damages more than 1.6 million yen, the filing fees are increased. If seeking child custody by being determined as the person with parental authority during divorce procedure, no additional filing fees are necessary besides the fees for divorce procedure.

Filing fees for a conciliation procedure seeking change of the person with parental authority, or seeking visitation plan are 1,200 yen per child.

In addition to the filing fee, the court requires a petitioner or a plaintiff to deposit some amount of postage in advance.

Monetary problems

Upon filing a complaint, the plaintiff is required to pay for filing fee to a court. The amount of the filing fee varies depend on the amount of economical benefits that is usually the same amount as the claim amount sought by the complaint. For example, if the amount of economical benefits is one million yen, the filing fee will be 10,000 yen; if the benefits amount is three million yen, the filing fee will be 20,000 yen; if the benefits amount is six million yen, then the filing fee will be 34,000 yen. When the case cannot recognize any concrete economical benefits, the amount of filing fee is calculated by assuming the amount of economical benefits as 1.6 million yen. In some other cases special rules apply to the calculation.

In addition to the filing fee, the court requires plaintiff to deposit some amount of postage in advance.

For the defendant, the court does not require any filing fee to file an answer in writing and further legal briefs; however, if the defendant files a counter claim against the plaintiff, the defendant needs to pay for filing fee as well in principle.

Actual costs and expenses

Any other actual costs and expenses, such as application fees for obtaining certified copies of family register of a Japanese national, certified copies of residence certificate, certified copies of commercial register of a Japanese company or a branch in Japan of a foreign company and any other official documents, postage, transportation expense, photocopies, translation fees for any evidence written in other than Japanese language, or fees for an interpreter for an in court investigation, if necessary, will be additional.

Our service fees

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