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7 months 1 week ago #510920 by Angelking
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Hello All

Need some general advice on the cost. Is the respondent liable for all the cost of the petitioner in the divorce?

My partner filed for divorce using a solicitor. I am litigating in person and I have received a lettet from court saying decree nisi will be done on 30/01 and I am responsible for all the costs unless I send a 14 days notice for hearing.

I am not sure what I need to do as the fault is equal for divorce but just because she applied first why should I be liable for all her costs?

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7 months 6 days ago #510948 by .Charles
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The Court is proceeding on the petition that has been filed which places fault at your door. That's the beginning and end of it.

It's not fair but the alternative would have been for you to defend the divorce which costs a whole lot more that paying the undefended divorce costs.

You can ask how much they are asking for and make an offer e.g. if they want £1800 and you offer £1500 they might offer to settle for £1600. Horse-trading is not out of the question.

Charles

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7 months 6 days ago #510954 by Angelking
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Thanks Charles.

I havent yet recieved the cost information nor know what they are asking for.

The Petitioner lives in London , solicitor in Sheffield has come down 3 times to London as I know, may be more. Will all those costs been included and I have to pay.

I have responded to the petition but not defended because there is no point in defending something that's not going to mend.

There are alot of lies / exaggerations in the petition.

The system is surely broken. The respondent cannot be at fault every time??

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7 months 6 days ago #510963 by MarcusFox
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Hi Angelking. I'm in the same position. When my wife asked me for a divorce she thought it could be done 'no fault'. I explained that someone has to give a reason so, to keep things pleasant, I offered that she divorce me for unreasonable behaviour, which is the default position people use. Ironically, this was very reasonable of me. She then went on to tick the box asking for me to pay costs. Very unreasonable of her! It hasn't achieved much - the consequence is I'll be less generous when we negotiate a settlement.

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