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06 Sep 12 #354305 by brita44
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I would be gratful for advise
I have received cerificate of entitlement to a decree and as a respondent I have been ordered to pay 50% of the court fee on the Petition.
The Petitioner submit Petition on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour and I submitted Acknowledgement of Service Form with intention not to defend but do not agree with the reasons and I also gave approx 5 - 6 reasons of his unreasonable behaviour (mainly domestic abuse, his arrest etc). I hoped that there will be Directions hearing from both sides however after almost 9 months have received Decree Nisi.
My question is
- do I only need to pay 180 as half of the court fee on the petition?
- I would like to file for Ancillary Relief (on CM and SM) / financial settlement - please can you advise if I will also have to cover half of the costs of his solicitor in these proceedings or the cost are separate (from divorce) - I am worried that if I am respondent and the petitioner proved that my unreasonable behaviour cause the breakdown of marriage the costs will be higher.
Thank you in advance

Brit

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07 Sep 12 #354356 by dukey
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If all your asked to pay is £180 count yourself as very lucky indeed, pay it.

The proceedings for AR are different in that you each pay your own legal fee`s.

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07 Sep 12 #354412 by .Charles
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If the order is for 50% of the court fee to issue the Petition the amount to be paid is £170. If it is 50% of the court fees the amount to be paid is £192.50. Either way it''s not a lot.

Counter allegations mean nothing unless the divorce is defended or a cross petition is issued. It is akin to saying that you are disappointed that you received no compensation from a shop for providing shoddy goods despite not raising a formal complaint.

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