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Do the respondent and co-respondent have to pay?

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30 May 07 #475 by HelenK
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Hi, I am being named as co-respondent in my partner's divorce proceedings. I have a couple of queries:
First, I didn't start seeing my partner until after he had officially separated from his wife. Am I legally co-respondent, as stated?
Secondly, we have been told by the petitioner that, as respondent and co-respondent, we can be expected to pay the legal fees? Can you clarify this for me?


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30 May 07 #478 by wikivorce team
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I'm not certain but suspect that it is possible for you to be legal co-respondent as you met before the divorce.

Im assuming that adultery is being used for the cause in which case she will be asking that your partner pay costs (whether or not there is a co-respondent named is not relevant)

However these costs are just the court fees for the petition (which amount to a few hundred pounds).

The much larger costs associated with paying solicitors to represent you in ancillary relief is a different story - in most cases each side is expected to pay their own costs which can run into many thousands of pounds (even tens of thousands if is is a hard fought battle).

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31 May 07 #498 by HelenK
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Thanks for the quick reply. That's great.

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