I agree with sandman to get a lawyer if you want to fight it, but otherwise it seems extremely unlikely he can do anything meaningful against the two of you. International legal battles are difficult enough in most cases; they're even that much more difficult when one party is in Taiwan, which is party to almost no international treaties. Since your daughter was born in the UK and has no Taiwan passport, your marriage was never registered in Taiwan and you have no plans to return, so much the better.
tigsie wrote:The legal documents accompanying the summons said that I would be liable for all court costs -- is this normal for the defendant to shoulder all the costs?
Doesn't sound normal at all. There's no way in hell that he can recover the costs from you in the UK, but I wouldn't be surprised if he goes after your assets in Taiwan, and you should never underestimate the stupidity of Taiwan's laws and judges. I wouldn't be surprised if he's able to finagle some way of stealing your assets here, sorry to say.
Basically, my spouse's statement uses quite inflammatory language and states that my actions -- abandoning him and taking away his child have 'damaged the marriage irreparably'. Is this the only way he can get his case taken seriously? Or is he trying to be hurtful?
Don't take that stuff personally. Probably some asshole lawyer drafted vicious, hurtful, inaccurate language calculated to win his case, without regard for truth, integrity or morality. Divorces bring out the worst in people and the lawyers often egg them on.