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How to claim costs against ex

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15 Nov 13 #413700 by bulldog
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I initially used a solicitor before my Decree Nisi was awarded. This said my ex was to pay my costs which he is refusing to do. I paid the solicitors bill in April and have a detailed bill. I am wanting to claim for the bill, court fee for Petition £340 and for the Decree Absolute.At the moment I am just about to send our Consent Order, D81''s and my application for the decree absolute. Shall I just send a copy of the costs order along with solicitors bill and letter saying I wish to claim these costs?
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15 Nov 13 #413702 by NoWhereToTurnl
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Hi bulldog,

If you have a costs order (made by the court) all you need to do is enforce it, you can also apply for the enforcement costs to be awarded to you.

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15 Nov 13 #413704 by bulldog
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Thanks NWTT for your quick response. Can I just make this application in form of a letter to the court?

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15 Nov 13 #413706 by NoWhereToTurnl
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Hi bulldog,

If costs have been assessed through the courts and you have an order stating how much he has to pay, the easiest way to enforce it is to go to money claim online. You will have a fee to pay but this will be added to what he owes.

www.gov.uk/make-money-claim-online

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15 Nov 13 #413707 by bulldog
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Thank you

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15 Nov 13 #413710 by .Charles
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bulldog wrote:

I initially used a solicitor before my decree Nisi was awarded. This said my ex was to pay my costs which he is refusing to do. I paid the solicitors bill in April and have a detailed bill. I am wanting to claim for the bill, court fee for Petition £340 and for the decree Absolute.At the moment I am just about to send our consent order, D81''s and my application for the decree Absolute. Shall I just send a copy of the costs order along with solicitors bill and letter saying I wish to claim these costs?
Thank you
Bulldog


It sounds as though the bill that you have from your solicitor may contain work in relation to the consent application. You can only claim for work in relation to the divorce, not the finances.

I assume that you have an order for the respondent to pay costs “to be assessed if not agreed” which means you need to establish the amount of the costs to be paid before you seek to recover these from your ex.

You will need to prepare an account of the work undertaken solely in relation to divorce and also the disbursements (third party costs) incurred such as court fees, oath fee, process server fee and marriage certificate fee.

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15 Nov 13 #413713 by bulldog
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Hi Charles
The work done by the solicitors was at the very start when I made the decision to apply for the divorce. The work they did was up to my degree Nisi. After that when it was clear my husband would draw it out and cost thousands in legal bills, I decided to self rep as he didn''t have a solicitor either.when the Nisi came through it said he would have to pay my costs. I was going to claim for the solicitors bill, Petition fee and decree Absolute fee. I think I will hang on though until thuntil the consent order and absolute have been granted as he won''t move out of the marital home until then and I don''t want to antagonise him.

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