If you are not eligible for legal aid, you will pay your own fees if your case goes to trial. It may be
possible to apply to the Court for maintenance pending suit, whereby the other party pays a
contribution towards your costs. You would need to show the Court that you had a need for the
maintenance by means of a budget and other documentary evidence. The judge then makes a
decision, based on all the evidence, as to whether or not it is fair and reasonable to grant
maintenance. You may also be able to seek to recover some of your costs from the other party at the conclusion of your final hearing. However, it is not guaranteed that you will be awarded any of your costs; and if you are, it is very unlikely you will be awarded your full costs.
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