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28 Oct 09 #158095 by cariad51
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I have just had my final hearing for Ancillary Relief after a case lasting 3 years.
I was the Respondent and my costs have been estimated at £31k
On the third and final day of the hearing after my husband had been cross examined for 2 days and his brother 1 day (I still hadn't been cross examined) it was clear that my husband's financial affairs were being torn apart. I had claimed that he had hidden assets, which he had deliberately put in overseas trusts.
My barrister was excellent in proving this, so my husbands barrister asked for a recess. After a while there was an offer on the table. After some negotiation I accepted the offer on the advice of my barrister. It wasn't as much as I had been asking for ( we have been married 40 years)
I am wondering if I can ask for costs, as my husband claimed he was living on his pension and had no other money, he got legal aid. I was refused legal aid. They halted the hearing because it was becoming clear that to continue my husband and his brother would be perjuring themselves as they both knew that there was money and property held in trusts.
It seems unfair that he still has 2 properties and money - the offer I have accepted will be swallowed up in costs.
I would be grateful for any advice
Thanks

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28 Oct 09 #158102 by nbm1708
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You can ask but to be honest I'm afraid each party normally pays their own costs for AR cases.

Sorry.

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28 Oct 09 #158107 by cariad51
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thank you for your answer, it is appreciated.

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