Mother loses education cash fight

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A woman described as being like a "dog with a bone" has lost the latest round of a legal fight with her former partner over cash for their five-year-old son.

The woman, who says she and her son were abandoned by the man, represented herself in the High Court and has been awarded £250,000 to cover housing and tens of thousands for items including furniture and equipment.

But she failed to persuade a High Court judge to order her former partner to fund private education, following a hearing in London. Mr Justice Bodey said the father could not "reasonably" afford such spending.

The judge outlined the hours the woman, who had worked in finance but was studying to be a lawyer, had spent on the case.

He said she had prepared more than 50 pages of written submissions, estimated that she had worked 125 eight-hour days and added: "The mother has been described, presumably by the father or his legal representative, as being like a dog with bone."

Mr Justice Bodey said both the man, who also worked in finance, had at an earlier stage of litigation apologised after failing to disclose all his assets and misleading the court.

He said the mother and father were both in their 40s.

:: The woman did win a publicity argument. She said she wanted a reporter to be allowed to cover the latest hearing - staged in private in the Family Division of the High Court. And Mr Justice Bodey ruled in her favour despite objections from a barrister representing her former partner. But the judge said the little boy could not be identified.

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