I need some advice having been awarded the divorce costs in a D61 order on how to get them?
Do I complete the N252 form?
I am assuming this like the rest of the legal forms will be ignored so I am wondering if anyone has the link for what is next?
Which form do I complete for the detailed assessment and how much does it cost for this to be heard in court?
Thanks in advance for help- this has been a messy awful divorce and has cost me more money than I have and I have a young child to support.
Firstly, did you instruct a solicitor or did you deal with the divorce yourself?
If you dealt with it yourself, your costs will be limited to the court fee and possibly a few other third party fees (disbursements) such as marriage certificate fee, bailiff/process server fee.
If that is the case, you will need to prepare a documents headed Bill of Costs (Detailed assessment) and further down 'Petitioner's bill of costs to be assessed on the standard basis pursuant to the order dated [date of order]'.
Ideally you would have a chronology and a structure but as a litigant in person the court would allow you some latitude. I would list the date of marriage, the date of petition and the amount of the court fee, the date of decree nisi, the date of decree [url=Glossary/General/Absolute.html ]absolute[/url].
At the bottom of the page you can put a summary of the costs you are claiming.
Then you complete the N252, sign it and send a copy of that (keep the original), the order for costs, a copy of the bill and copies of invoices incurred (probably limited to process server fee if applicable) to the Respondent.
Wait 21 days.
If no response you can apply for a default costs certificate. If there is a response this will be payment or points of dispute.