The Layette

Whilst writing the previous post I was reminded of my pre-Child Support Act 1991 days, acting for mothers who sought not just maintenance from the father, but also a lump sum payment in respect of birth expenses. If I remember correctly, we called the expenses the 'layette', which for our purposes did not just include a first set of clothing for the baby, but also such essentials as a pram/pushchair, a cot and bedding. It could, therefore, amount to a fair sum, although not sufficient to warrant separate court proceedings, hence I don't recall ever coming across the layette again once the Child Support Act was implemented.