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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

What is a Consent Order and why do we need one?

A Consent Order is a legally binding document that finalises a divorcing couple's agreement on property, pensions and other assets.


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Draft consent order and costs

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21 Apr 18 #500864 by Ch41
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My ex is the applicant although his solicitor would not draft a Consent Order and said I should based on our Open Offers. My barrister duly did this and it has been agreed in principle by the applicants solicitor but they are now asking that I pay half the court fees to file the order; isn't this the responsibility of the applicant or should I pay half?

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21 Apr 18 #500865 by hadenoughnow
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I think you will find that the court fee for a Consent Order is very small. It would be reasonable for you both to share the costs of drafting and submitting but tbh it probably isn't worth too much debate if it means a settlement that avoids further legal costs.

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21 Apr 18 #500868 by Ch41
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Thank you.
As I have paid the full costs of drafting the order I am now being asked to pay half of the filing costs and I think it would be appropriate for him to pay these costs?

I have been awarded the divorce costs and wonder when would be appropriate and how do I apply?

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21 Apr 18 #500875 by Under60
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I paid £25 for 1/2 fees to send Consent Order in.

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21 Apr 18 #500876 by Ch41
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Thank you

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22 Apr 18 #500885 by Ch41
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Thank you.
As I have paid the full costs of drafting the order I am now being asked to pay half of the filing costs and I think it would be appropriate for him to pay these costs?

I have been awarded the divorce costs and wonder when would be appropriate and how do I apply?

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23 Apr 18 #500910 by .Charles
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For the sake of securing a settlement I would stump up the £25 contribution. It's not worth arguing about.

The divorce costs are dealt with separately unless they have been provided for in the financial Consent Order, which is rare.

Your solicitor should be able to advise you on the process for obtaining your divorce costs. The first step is to consider whether a fixed amount has been ordered or whether the costs are "to be assessed if not agreed".

Charles

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