Costs award made against litigious father in adoption case

May 2, 2017 2 comments

fostering and adoption

An unnamed local authority has been granted a partial costs award against a father who claimed damages relating to the adoption of his daughters. He had previously taken his local authority to court complaining that it had allowed his children  to be known by the surname of prospective adopters before any adoption order had been…

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The delicate issue of costs in children cases

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April 14, 2016 4 comments

family law

The general rule as to legal costs in civil court proceedings is that the winner should pay the loser’s costs. However, in family proceedings it is recognised that there isn’t a ‘winner’ (except perhaps the child) and a ‘loser’, and thus the general rule as to costs in family proceedings is that there should be…

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Judge rejects Afghan mother’s accusations against husband

March 11, 2015 4 comments

A Family Court judge has rejected a number of serious allegations made by an Afghan mother against her husband. In HU v SU (Rev 1), Mr Justice Keehan called the woman “a most unsatisfactory and unreliable witness” who had “either lied about significant events and allegations or greatly exaggerated or embellished what had in fact…

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Mr Justice Mostyn and the question of costs

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November 17, 2014 5 comments

domestic abuse

Mr Justice Mostyn’s judgment in J-v-J, published last week, has caused almost as much of a frenzy in the legal Twittersphere as those photos of Kim Kardashian’s beautifully-oiled bottom provoked across the wider internet. Few family lawyers this weekend at least were discussing anything but the Mostyn judgement – and please forgive the pun! So what did His Lordship have to say that sent lawyers into Twitter turmoil? Plenty. He has had a firecracker of a…

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