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Hi, thank you for your question. Usually the main defence for not paying divorce application costs if it is pursued is if you are unable to afford to do this.
In relation to a financial order, this will be more complicated - please confirm if you are referring to paying her legal costs or paying any financial order regarding maintenance or assets?
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Thanks - as part of the divorce you are both entitled to seek financial relief from each other. To further assist you with this please confirm:-How old are you both?-How long have you been married?-Do you have any children together, if so their ages and proposed arrangements?-What assets and pensions do you both have (both sole and joint), together with values?-What are your respective incomes?
Is the property you live in owned or rented? If owned, what is the value and any outstanding mortgage and in whose name is it? If rented, whose name is ***** ***** tenancy and what type of tenancy is it?