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Costs order re ancillary relief

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23 Jun 12 #338652 by coasttocoast
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Hi can anyone tell me if i would be liable for my stbx wife''s solicitors fees regarding the Ancillary Relief part of the divorce.
I have suggested many fair proposals in order to stop the matter being taken to court, however every one of them has been declined and it would appear stbx is determined to have her day in court.
Stbx is the Petitioner and is being represented by a solicitor and i am the respondent and currently am self repping, although that may have to change.
I am happy to walk away with nothing from the marriage in settlement however i am not happy to continue paying the mortgage on a house that she has sole use of and this appears to be the sticking point.
No dependant children involved.
One other point is there any chance there would be a court order which would make me pay half of the mortgage for an indefinate period of time? ie; until the house is sold which is currently not in a saleable condition and may not be so for a number of years? The house currently has a structual defect and is in the process of going through an insurance claim and has been ongoing for three years thus far.


Many thanks

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23 Jun 12 #338658 by dukey
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You each pay your own legal costs unless the judge decides otherwise, this can only usually happen right at the end with a final hearing even then judges only tend to make one person pay part or all of the others costs if one person has and is a royal pain in the backside.

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So if i do everything the court instructs me to do and follow the court timetable it is unlikely i would be given a costs bill from her sol?? I certainly would not be asking for her to pay any of my costs!!!

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23 Jun 12 #338663 by dukey
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If you do as asked and within the timeframe your given your fine, the only other (most of the time) reason costs orders are made is if a person is daft in what they are asking for, ie I want it all, then a judge can make you pay for wasting time and the legal costs of the other side, costs orders are far from common so don''t worry about it.

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23 Jun 12 #338665 by coasttocoast
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Thanks dukey, i am quite happy for her to have everything, trouble is she wants everything and more!! Put my mind at rest :)

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