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The cost of disagreements in Children Act proceedings

View profile for Melanie Loxley
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In a recent relocation case entitled S v S, the parties managed to incur legal fees of £938,000. The Judge was rather scathing of the way the case had been conducted and, most unusually for Children Act proceedings, ordered the father to pay some of the mother's costs.

Both parties in this case were very wealthy, but it shows the kind of cost that can be faced when parents are unable to agree what is in the best interests of their children. It is also a cautionary tale to those embroiled on Children Act proceedings who assume the court will not make any order as to costs.  

Cafcass has a very useful website which gives tips to separating parents on how to deal with the separation and ensure that any negative impact on the children is minimised. To find out more, you can visit their website here.

At Birkett Long, we are committed to resolving all family issues in a way that puts the best interests of the children of the family first.  If we can help you deal with problems which have arisen in your family life, don't hesitate to contact one of our specialist divorce and separation team.