My ex is trying to claim divorce costs from me, my solicitor and I are asking him to drop the claim or I will cross petition for adultery. I think he's a cheeky fucker he's recently gone on holidays, bought a new phone, a ps4 and a new 42 inch tv! Now he wants me to pay for the privilege of having him lie about me and put our children into the divorce! Also he's claiming benefits and I got sent the paperwork showing he's not declared all his income! I haven't done anything about it, honestly don't think I can do that to my kids? What should I do?
Not a clue.
This does remind me of a teacher who divorced her worthless husband. She made the mistake of not changing bank accounts during/right after the divorce and her x-husband wrote a check for eight thousand dollars on her (joint account) account so he could buy a girl an engagement ring. The teacher wound up paying for the ring as the divorce judge let that slide.
I wish you luck.
Here in the USA, filing for legal costs incurred is just part of it, but very very seldom are the other parties held responsible for anything other than their legal costs. It's just a game - nothing about being fair or reasonable. You ask for everything under the sun, then act with indignation when you have to compromise away things you didn't really care for or expect in the first place. Another reason why I think government has no need to be involved with who should marry whom. It's just a racket for the lawyers/judges to fleece the public.
I wasn't aware that adultery could still be cited as grounds for divorce anymore, it certainly isn't in Canada and hasn't been for decades. People wind up doing shitty things in a divorce, they act out of anger and pain and regret, try to understand that but also hold your ground because you have the good of the children at stake. My wife hooked up with a US military officer and took my kids out of the country, changed their names and refused access in spite of a court order to the contrary and the ones that were hurt the most were the kids. I still send out a check every month even though my kids have long since graduated from university because it is cheaper than going back to family court to get this stopped. Something I dread the thought of dredging up again but still it has to be done now that the kids are all in their 30's.
Gee, I wish I could find the right words for you. I would like to think the law should protect you but, I am not a lawyer. Perhaps that's a good start, find people who is a lawyer or know lawyers so you may get advise. Watch for schamers too, not everyone who may claim is a lawyer necessarily will look for your best interest
I tried to be nice in my divorce and what I found was my ex mistook kindness for weakness. If you give them an inch they take a mile. If they aren't going to be fair use everything you have. It won't be in your children's best interest for you to get screwed over.
You play with the bull you get the horns. Your kids are going to see the effects anyway whether you tell them about this or not. I'd not play nice after that request. Will you be splitting custody? If not & they're in your charge I would give him what he seems to want, a fight.
Then again, I've never been in a divorce situation. When certain people seem to be pushing me in a precarious circumstance I give them what they want & all that might entail, sideways.
It's about the well being of you and yours now. Don't budge or you'll not forgive yourself later with the coulda' woulda' should haves.