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Children financial orders of the court and legal bills

Children financial orders of the court and legal bills has been the subject of consideration by the Appeal court in the North West as noted by Cheshire family law specialist solicitors Stonehewer Moss. Seeking financial orders from the Court for children is governed by the Children Act 1989 Sch 1 and the Family Procedure Rules subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the child support system in respect of income that itself is subject to exclusions for disabled children and the wealthy. Accredited solicitor Michael Brennan at the Northwich solicitors has noted an appeal decision by His Honour Judge Booth in Manchester recently called M v F 2016 in which the issue was legal costs after an order for financial provision for a child. Michael remarks,”The case clarifies that the usual rule in family court work that each side pays their own representatives costs at the end of the case does not apply to children financial orders. Instead the court takes what it calls a blank page approach and the judge has a discretion to decide if a party should pay the costs of the others solicitor and barrister. It is worth noting that the court approves an earlier case in which it was made clear costs are not simply ordered against a party because of his or her relative ability to pay. That said, I wonder if a person finding it hard to get the other parent to pay his or her fair share but struggling to pay for representation might not be best considering an application for a legal services order. Such orders are made based on relatively ability to pay if other resources are not reasonably available. My advise when costs might be ordered is generally to be cautious and not commit to a court case that may be too costly.”

Children financial orders of the court and legal bills are a subject for careful consideration and application to court a last resort.

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