I wonder if anyone can help. My husband left last year after admitting an ongoing affair. I have been told by two solicitors that I will have to pay my own legal fees (which are fairly substantial to date and frankly beyond my means,as I am on sickness benefit) My husband is a high earner. Then I was told by a different solicitor that if I Petition for divorce/separation on the grounds of adultry that he will have to pay my legal fees as it is a fault based separation. I do have written admission of the affair.
Hi Anais, I petitioned for divorce on grounds of UB.. I was given a fixed sum for process. Told by solicitor, it would be best to pay 50% each to save any delay? Did this! But I still had to pay other fees relating to Ancillary Relief which are substantial.
I changed solicitors due to lack of assistance from previous. New sol said l should not have paid 50% as it was UB?. But already paid by that stage. Very confusing!
Ps that was 2+ years ago and still not divorced due to ancillary relief proceedings.
In UB and adultery, it is usually the respondent who pays unless it has been agreed otherwise.
This is just for the divorce .... Court fees plus solicitor costs which should not be more than a few hundred pounds.
However, for the financial settlement, each party pays their own costs. These can be substantial, especially if the parties cannot negotiate reasonably and go all the way to final hearing. Legal aid is a loan not a gift. It has to be paid back from any settlement.
Thank you Hadenoughnow for your reply. I apparently have a bill of about £6000, and there has been no court work done yet.
The communication between my solicitor and his are all about maintenance payments, disclosure of assets, stopping him running up overdrafts on joint accounts and not paying the mortgage etc.
I take it that all comes under the heading of financial stuff.
Beats me though, how it can be ok for a husband of 29 years to leave, mess up finances, leave bills unpaid and other responsibilities, whilst earning a very good wage, and i have to pay to stop him from making a further mess, and I have no income.
Like you I ran up a large bill with very little to show for it - him and his ***** pushed it up hugely.
Anyway - stopped solicitor doing anything, not sacked her because I recognise that I need the xpertise as and when and she is very good. Plan to represent my self and do as much letter writing etc as I can myself. I plan to use this site and liaise with my solicitor just when I need to get to the nitty gritty which I hope will keep costs down.
God knows if I can pull it off but I''m willing to try