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Can you clarify that you are the respondent?
Was this an unreasonable behaviour petition?
Did the applicant (if you are the respondent) engage a solicitor to file the petition?
OK thank you. Then the costs referred to are only the application costs, of £550. That's good to know to start with.
What grounds did she file the petition under? Did she tick that she wanted you to pay the costs and did you object to paying the costs in your response form?
It would be unusual for the court to make an order for costs unless one party has asked for this. It's also not normally awarded in a no fault petition, such as separation by 2 years' consent.
You can object, of course, it will just help me to know the above before advising. Thank you.
Thank you for clarifying.
This costs order relates ONLY to the decree nisi application. If she has made this herself the only costs ordered would be those that you agreed to pay, i.e. the £550 for the application fee.
You need to confirm this with her. There really would have been no need for her to instruct a solicitor to file the application for decree nisi - it's two straightforward pieces of paper.
If she is asking for more that the £550 fee, then you can file an application to court for the judge to decide the amount that should be paid (the is what "to be assessed if not agree" means). You would do this with a D11 application, here:
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