Guardianship of Infants Act, 1964

Power to court to order repayment of costs of bringing up infant.

15.—Where, upon application by a parent for the production of an infant, the court finds—

(a) that the infant is being brought up at the expense of another person, or

(b) that at any time assistance has been provided for the infant by a health authority under section 55 of the Health Act, 1953 ,

the court may, in its discretion, if it orders the infant to be given up to the parent, further order that the parent shall pay to that person or health authority the whole of the costs properly incurred by the person or health authority in bringing up or providing assistance for the infant or such portion thereof as the court considers reasonable, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, including, in particular, the means of the parent.