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Iowa court fees may increase

DES MOINES (AP)--Some court fees in Iowa could be going up.

Gov. Chet Culver is considering a bill approved by the Legislature that would raise certain fees, including suing in small claims court, filing for divorce and changing real-estate titles.

Culver has until May 26 to act on the bill. If he signs it, the increases will take effect immediately.

Court officials say the fee for filing a small claims case would rise from $50 to $85, while an appeal from small claims would increase from $75 to $185.

A civil filing fee to petition for divorce will go from $100 to $185. The fee to change a title on real estate would increase from $20 to $50.

Court reporter daily fees would also rise from $15 to $40.

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