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A v R: Mother ordered to pay costs in children proceedings

Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash Just a short post to mention a rare bird: a costs order made in children proceedings. It is also a warning to anyone reluctant to engage in the proceedings (a phenomenon with which all experienced family lawyers will be familiar). The order was made by Her Honour Judge Corbett, sitting as a Section 9 Deputy Judge of the High Court, in the case A v R . The case comprises two judgments: one in relation to the father's main application for child arrangements orders, specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders, and one in relation to his subsequent costs application. I do not need to say much about the main application. The father was seeking contact and permission to remove the child to a non-Hague Convention country and to France for the purpose of holidays. The application was successful. The father then applied for costs. Whilst HHJ Corbett accepted that costs orders are rarely made in private law proceedings, this was a case where, in her j

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