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19 Jun 12 #337544 by fedup99
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Hi, I am trying to finalise my divorce.

My ex wife applied for the divorce so is the Petitioner and I am the respondent. She applied for the divorce on grounds of unreasonable behaviour and the initial application did tick the box asking for me to pay the cost of the divorce. She doesnt work so get legal aid.

I did have a solicitor acting for me and had a barrister representing me at the first and last hearing in March 2012, the Decree Nisi hadnt been obtained so was applied for then. Both partied were given further questionnaiires to answer.

Since the hearing, I have run out of funds so have had to stop using a solicitor and act for myself. I have received a letter stating that the court has ordered for me to pay for the costs resulting in me being given a bill for just under £800.

I cant afford to pay this bill proven by the fact I have no legal representaion now.

Can I appeal this order?

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28 Jun 12 #339732 by jonathancj
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Being unable to afford it is not a ground for appeal. Whether it is actually enforceable is another matter. If you haven''t got any money anywhere, you can''t pay. The costs become payable on the making of Decree Absolute and not before.

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