I have Form H to fill in.I am the respondent and a Litigant in Person.
I have only paid for a solicitor (so far) for initial advice when first approached by ex for divorce on grounds of 5 years separation, which I didnt contest.
I owe half of the divorce fee ie.£275 to my ex's solicitor as they say this is normal proceedure.
How do I fill in the Form H when it only mentions solicitors costs?
Can I claim for my time ? Hundreds of hours spent filling in Form E in particular,then preparing the Questionnaire,Statement of Issues etc.
I have also paid Wikivorce a total of £400 so far,but am told I cant claim this.
Also £75 printer ink,paper etc.
They now advise a solicitor consultation of approx £300 for 1 hr and possibly a Barrister too.
The purpose of the Form H is not to claim costs but to detail the costs you have incurred up to the date of the hearing and an estimate of the costs you expect to incur up to the end of the next stage.
Any advice you received in relation to non-financial matters should be excluded from the form. If your solicitor only advised on divorce you cannot put this in. If wikivorce has advised on finances you can include these costs.
As you are a litigant in person any solicitors costs you add should go in the previous solicitors section in the right-hand column.
The solicitors fees are profit costs and the disbursements are third party providers such as court fees, experts etc. Barristers are counsels fees.
All figures that you add should be inclusive of VAT.