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Child Residency Court Fees - who pays?

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26 Jul 12 #345567 by isildur
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Hi folks,

I''m aware that going through courts costs for child residence disputes is in the region of £10k, but how does it breakdown between the 2 parties?

*Is it £10k each plus each sides solicitors fees?
*Or is it £10k for just the Petitioner plus legal fees on both sides?
*Or is the £10k all solicitors fees (each?) with little cost associated with the courts itself?

Thanks

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26 Jul 12 #345572 by Fiona
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Each party usually pays their costs. Court fees are a couple of hundred. As a very rough guide you are probably looking at legal costs at about £3-£4k each per hearing. Earlier hearings tend to cost less and later ones more. If agreement can be reached the matter can be settled early on in proceedings there are fewer hearings so it costs less. On the other hand if the case is complicated and there is a lot of preparation involved it can cost a lot more.

Hope that helps.:)

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26 Jul 12 #345585 by isildur
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Thanks Fiona! :)
Legal costs per hearing - is that costs to the court or costs to solicitors? Sounds like to the court but just checking.

My case is faily straightforward (I think) where I have access (albeit difficult given the 50 mile distance) but I''m being limited on number of overnights to 1 per fortnight and the justification is thin at best.

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26 Jul 12 #345586 by Fiona
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Sorry the legal costs are for a solicitor. If you represent yourself there are only court fees to pay. Alternatively if finances are tight some solicitors might be prepared to work on an ad hoc basis, say for advice only and you represent yourself at court.

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26 Jul 12 #345587 by Fiona
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Sorry, I should have said there is now a requirement that in most circumstances parents attend a mediation Information & Assessment Meeting before the court will hear a case.

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