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1 year 5 months ago #507088 by Abigail2001
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Hi All,

My first post here although I found this site very useful in preparing my case as I self represented.

My ex husband obtained a court order against me for 50% of his divorce costs (the judge commented that his legal fees were excessive). A court order was made that I had to pay £1600.00.

We then went through the FDR and that got all settled. Nothing to write home about in either of our favours.

I have offered his solicitor a payment plan for the £1600.00 in court costs.

My ex-husband has now contacted me refusing a payment plan and advising that if I do not pay, in full, by 4pm this Friday he will organise high court enforcement.

I don't know the process so can anyone here tell me if he can do this?

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1 year 5 months ago #507093 by .Charles
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Unless otherwise stated the costs are to be paid within 14 days of the order or decree [url=Glossary/General/Absolute.html ]absolute[/url], whichever is the later.

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1 year 5 months ago #507096 by Abigail2001
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Hi Charles thank you for your reply.

I don't dispute the money being owed more the action he can now take.

Do you know what his next step is legally allowed to be?

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1 year 5 months ago #507098 by Abigail2001
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Also to add that I have not had the decree [url=Glossary/General/Absolute.html ]absolute[/url] as yet. It is mu understanding that he has to apply for this as the applicant.

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1 year 5 months ago #507141 by .Charles
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If the amount is specified on the order the order has the status of a money judgment which means that it can be enforced as a debt.

I'm not completely familiar with the debt recovery process but I know that the person applying to enforce for a small amount pays a small court fee which is added to the debt and warrant enforcement officers then write to you and seek payment. If nothing is paid they attend you home and seek to enforce by taking property. Each time they attend it adds a fee - about £35 - to the debt.

However, warrant enforcement officers are just doing their job and if you call them and offer part payment and a payment plan they could settle for that. There is some flexibility.

Ideally though you should make a payment now to show goodwill and specify when you will pay the rest. Alternatively borrow the money or pay by credit card which is likely to be cheaper that dealing with additional costs of enforcement.

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