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22 May 12 #332221 by jslgb
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Hi all,

I''m a full time student and single parent about to Petition for divorce. I have had a solicitor for around 18 months now and not had to pay for anything due to my circumstances. Will i have to pay anything towards a divorce?

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23 May 12 #332382 by jslgb
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Bump!

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24 May 12 #332597 by .Charles
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If you are publicly funded you will not have to pay anything towards your costs unless you are assessed to pay monthly contribution or the Statutory Charge applies in the future if you were to obtain public funding for financial matters.

The Statutory Charge is a mechanism for recovering costs expended by the Legal Services Commission on publicly funded clients.

If public funding is used to obtain something of value the Statutory Charge will apply and the costs have to be repaid.

The amount of the Statutory Charge varies but can never exceed the amount of the costs paid out by the Legal Services Commission or the amount in value of the assets recovered or preserved..

The only exception in your case is the payment of the court fees. The Petition fee is £340 and you have to apply for fee exemption which may mean you pay something, nothing or the full fee. It depends upon your circumstances.

Charles

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