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09 Nov 07 #6239 by andyp
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Having nearly passed out when I was informed I'd need to set aside around 5K for the FH, I began considering how I could lessen the expense. (I'm not tight, just broke!)
I've considered self representation, though the other thought was to advertise for a barrister who perhaps works part time, or maybe is on a career break and fancy's a couple of days work and isn't going to charge me 1000's.
Anyone any views on this or any other suggestions.

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09 Nov 07 #6244 by loobyloo
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Hi
Ive got to fdr without counsel, just my sol, but hes good. My X2b has had barrister sol and clerk way back to interim maintainance hearing. My bill to date about 5k and thats with a few costs awarded against x2b!!! so 5k sounds dear for one hearing... maybe do a crash course in law and call yourself to the barr.
Its quoted as speculate to accumulate so hoping my investment pays off
regards looby

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09 Nov 07 #6253 by Sera
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Good luck in finding a Family Barrister that isn't busy!

OK, It's scarey, but I'm (so far) self-repping. (I know my life and circumstances better than any stranger, therefore I am the BEST QUALIFIED person to deal with issues pertaining to my Case).

Since i did not pay another person whilst my husband f*cked me over the washing machine, I will not pay someone else to f*ck me over in the Court room! :laugh:

Seriously. My first divorce was £7k in fees, which included only one meeting with Barrister, and one (half-hour) appearance in court. My ex's fees went to over £25k and that in 1999 !

This time, I'm self repping, but with legal advise. I had a solicitor help with my home rights application, and the Dissolution of Partnership Notice (because I worked with husband, and he fired me!)

So, stick around here, get clued-up, read the Wikivorce guide, which includes help for Litigants in Person.

etc; etc. Ask questions, and be BRAVE !
Like me you are not legally clued up on Court proceedure, but like me, you are also not 'sworn to the bar', so as long as you conduct yourself in court with politeness, listen to the Judges instruction, present to the court your truthful and honest statements, then it's not so difficult.

Good luck

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09 Nov 07 #6267 by JLGsDad
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My wife came into the marriage with nothing and will leave with at least £20,000 for each time we f****d. That's a gold-plated washing machine for each time. Even Heather Mills/McCartney was cheaper (allegedly).
Perhaps I should have realised I was going to be in trouble when she wouldn't let me on the wedding night or the honeymoon.

FNF are very useful for help and information in these circumstances. Well worth the annual fee - give them a try.

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