In the Supreme Court, a successful party can be entitled to recover costs and disbursements from the losing party, but there are exceptions. See [http://canlii.ca/t/53h1z Rule 16-1] of the Supreme Court Family Rules.
Costs are intended as partial payment of legal fees and normally do not amount to more than approximately 30% of a party’s actual legal fees.
Under the Supreme Court Family Rules you are awarded certain costs for specific steps taken in the proceeding and the amount depends on the difficulty. See Appendix B –Costs.
There are three levels of difficulty, less than ordinary, ordinary and more than ordinary. Ordinary difficulty is the default if the court makes no determination on difficulty.
The following is an example of costs that could be payable for a 3 day trial: