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If you don`t have a solicitor can you claim for costs?

You do the usual court header, with Skeleton Argument of the Applicant (or Respondent depending which you are)

And then you do subheadings which are:

Background -

this only has to be a paragraph or two, and should be the ages of the parties,the ages of the children, the length of the marriage etc.

Applicable Law -

this is Section 25 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (as amended) and a list of any case law you are using;

The Argument -

This is the main body, and which is where you set out what you think should happen and why. In mine, I quite often insert section 25 MCA and give a paragraph on each subsection as to how that has an effect. You can download the section 25 criteria here:


Summary -

This is where you summarise your case, and the final paragrah should be along the lines of:

Accordingly the Applicant (or Respondent, if that is you) seeks the following order:

And then set out the order, in money terms, that you seek, i.e.

A lump sum of £50,000 to the Applicant;

Transfer of the matrimonial home to the Applicant;

A 50% pension sharing order of the XYZ pension numbered 123;

Transfer of the ABC policy numbered 124 to the Respondent

etc etc.

An Act to make provision for protecting persons from harassment and
similar conduct.

How to complete form A

MacLeod v MacLeod: Pre-nups, Post-nups and s35 of the MCA

Tim Scott reviews the use of nuptial agreements following the Privy Council's recent judgment in MacLeod v MacLeod

Maintenance within the EU: The New Regulation

David Hodson, consultant with The International Family Law Group, summarises the key points in the new EU Maintenance Regulation

“What is the Measure of Maintenance?” How does the court quantify spousal periodical payments?

Alexander Chandler, of 1 Garden Court, considers the court's approach to quantum of maintenance post Charman and Miller

Media Access to Family Courts: The New Rules

The new rules on media access to family courts come into force on 27 April 2009. Adam Wolanski, of 5RB, summarises the rules and their effect

The Shining Light of the Media

On the day that media access to family courts is introduced, Chris McWatters of 5 KBW surveys the views of campaigners and the legal profession on the impact these reforms will have on family justice.

Marital Agreements And Case Management

Ashley Murray, of Oriel Chambers, reflects on the principles underpinning marital agreements in the light of the recent cases.

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