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ExH not using a solicitor

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curlyboymum Tue 04-Oct-16 10:56:59

Posted in divorce/sep, but also posting here for traffic.

Due in family court quite soon for supposed "final" hearing re contact with children (a never ending saga). ExH is no longer using a solicitor, possibly due to money issues, and will be representing himself. Not happy about this as he will be able to cross examine me, but hoping he will show himself up for the bastard he is in court.

I'm put out that as I am the only one of us still paying a solicitor, this means that my solicitor will be preparing the trial bundles (files of all relevant documents), so I will have to shoulder this extra cost. Given that he brought this case to court, and not me, but has now been dropped by his solicitor, I'm furious that I have to pay out. Has anyone experience of this situation, and would it be reasonable to ask for him to be billed half the costs of the preparation?

WorraLiberty Tue 04-Oct-16 11:39:41

I think you need to ask your solicitor that question.

JellyBelli Tue 04-Oct-16 11:42:40

Dont be put out, he is going to show himself up in front of the judge. If he has been dropped by his solicitor, he may as well just announce 'I'm an unreasonable knob' at the start.
Dont start getting picky over details like the bill.
Talk to your solicitor, take their advice and let them deal with it.

HereIAm20 Tue 04-Oct-16 11:48:53

Also in court the Judge will not allow your ex to unfairly heckle you or ask inappropriate questions so just remain calm and answer things in a matter of fact way and try to not to react emotionally (difficult I know in the circumstances).

The solicitor should ask for an order for costs on your behalf.

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