In all forms of litigation, the incidence of costs is one of the primary considerations and causes of concern for the lay client. When lawyers are instructed, they have to be paid, and in the absence of any order to the contrary, the client has to pay. A client who is successful in most forms of civil litigation expects to recover his or her costs from the unsuccessful party has a double burden to pay, but the successful party rarely recovers all costs and normally still has something to pay. In short , while costs may be an area of the law which the intelligent client can understand, it will rarely bring much satisfaction. The person caught up in a dispute as to the occupation of the family home, or the financial support of the other party usually has no such choice. Family disputes go to the heart of most people's lives, in both a financial and an emotional sense, and when as is the casein most run-of-the-mill disputes, something as intimate as a person's home is involved, it is difficult, if not impossible, for the litigants to adopt a a detached approach.
Source: Ancillary Relief and Financial Orders Handbook by Roger Bird and Andy King