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My ex fiancé owes me money from when we were together, his

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Hello, my ex fiancé owes me money from when we were together, his half of rent money over a few months, bills on my credit card, and he always said he would pay me back, now he is refusing. What can I do?
Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?
Customer: no
Assistant: Family Court normally sits in a local County and Magistrates' Court. Do you know the location of the court? If not, what county do you live in?
Customer: Yes it’s in Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire.
Assistant: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I’m a single mum of one son, who isn’t my ex fiancé’s child.

Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.

How much does he owe you in total and how long has it been outstanding for?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
He owes me £4000- £6000 not sure of full amount off hand. We separated in 2016 10 weeks before our wedding.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.

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Many thanks for your patience. If a party wishes to pursue another for a debt arising out of a dispute between them, they can do so by making a claim in the civil courts. As legal action should ideally be used as a last resort, there are certain steps that should be taken initially to try and resolve this matter informally and without having to involve lawyers or the courts. These can be summarised below and it is recommended the following procedure is followed to try and progress this matter further:

1. Reminder letter – if no informal reminders have been sent yet, one should be sent first to allow the other party to voluntarily settle this matter.

2. Letter before action – if informal reminders have been sent but have been ignored, the other party must be sent a formal ‘letter before action’ asking them to resolve this amicably within a specified period of time, usually 7 to 14 days. They should be advised that if they fail to do contact you in order to resolve this matter, formal legal proceedings will be commenced to pursue them for the debt in question. This letter serves as a ‘final warning’ and gives the other side the opportunity to resolve this matter without the need for legal action.

3. If they fail to pay or at least make contact to try and resolve this, formal legal proceedings can be initiated. A claim can be commenced online by going to www.moneyclaim.gov.uk. Once the claim form is completed a copy will be sent to the other side and they will have a limited time to defend it. Once they are aware that legal proceedings have commenced it may also force them to reconsider their position and perhaps prompt them to contact you to try and resolve this.

As a final tip, it is always advisable to keep copies of any correspondence sent and received as the courts would like to refer to it if it ever gets that far.