H (Children) [2018] EWFC 61 (18 October 2018)

Care proceedings concerning two children, which took 116 weeks to resolve. Judgment considering what could be done to avoid delay, particularly caused by concurrent criminal proceedings.

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W.X.Y.Z. (Care Proceedings -NAI- EDS -Von Willebrand Disease) [2018] EWFC B62 (19 September 2018)

Care proceedings in relation to 4 children, including consideration of whether her medical history had any bearing upon injuries suffered by one child.

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Y (Autism -Care Proceedings- Deprivation of Liberty), Re [2018] EWHC B63 (23 April 2018)

Application for care order in respect of an autistic young person, and for an order declaring that it is lawful for the local authority to deprive him of his liberty.

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P (Sexual Relations and Contraception) v.2 [2018] EWCOP 10 (18 April 2018)

Judgment in long-running proceedings involving a vulnerable young woman, addressing issues concerning her sexual relationships and the covert insertion of a contraceptive device.

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RJ v CM [2018] EWHC 2509 (Fam) (24 July 2018)

Appeal by mother against refusal to adjourn fact-finding hearing in child arrangements proceedings. Appeal dismissed.

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A (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2240 (16 October 2018)

Appeal against SGO in favour of foster carer, rather than child's maternal family in Ghana. Appeal allowed.

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Jay v Secretary of State for Justice [2018] EWHC 2620 (Fam) (08 October 2018)

Appeal against refusal of application for a gender recognition certificate. Appeal allowed.

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MB v TB [2018] EWHC 2035 (Fam) (31 July 2018)

Judgment in jurisdiction dispute between wife who had issued divorce proceedings in England and husband who had issued in Germany. Held, the English court was seised of the wife's petition and that seisin had not been defeated by a failure by the wife to take steps she was required to have service effected, as alleged by the husband.

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AS v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (CSM) (Child support - variation/departure directions: diversion of income) [2018] UKUT 315 (AAC) (24 September 2018)

Appeal by father against diversion of income decision. Appeal dismissed.

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PM v CF [2018] EWHC 2658 (Fam) (03 October 2018)

Judgment in case in which, inter alia, father's parental responsibility was terminated, in the light of the risk he posed to the mother, and the children's need for protection.

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MK (A Child : shaking : shaking Impact : low level fall) [2018] EWFC B61 (29 June 2018)

Fact-finding hearing in relation to injuries sustained by a baby born in January 2017.

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IQ v JP C-478/17 (Court of Justice of the European Union, 4 October 2018)

Jurisdiction – Art 15, BIIA – Preliminary ruling – Two courts of different Member States seised of matters relating to parental responsibility – Application of Art 15. The Court of Justice of the European Union held that Art 15 of BIIA did not apply where both courts of Member States had jurisdiction under Arts 8 and 12.

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O (A child : No Available Secure Accommodation) [2018] EWFC B60 (08 October 2018)

Application for secure accommodation order. No placements available.

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The London Borough of Islington v AA & Ors [2018] EWCOP 24 (05 July 2018)

Application for the court to determine where a 46 year old woman lacking capacity should live.

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KBH & Ors (Forced Marriage Protection Order : Persons To Be Protected Permanently Resident Abroad) [2018] EWHC 2611 (Fam) (28 September 2018)

Application for forced marriage protection orders, where the persons to be protected are permanently resident abroad.

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T (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2136 (04 October 2018)

Appeal relating to the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction when called upon to make orders which, but for a lack of capacity in the statutory system, would be made as secure accommodation orders under Children Act.

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The Public Guardian v DA & Ors [2018] EWCOP 26 (5 October 2018)

Judgment concerning two test cases brought by the Public Guardian, regarding the validity of words in lasting powers of attorney. The first concerns words relating to euthanasia or assisted suicide, whereas the second concerns words as to the appointment of multiple attorneys.

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B (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2127 (04 October 2018)

Mother's appeal from a fact-finding decision given in care proceedings, concerning injuries sustained by one year old child.

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A.B.V. v. RUSSIA - 56987/15 (Judgment : Article 2 - Right to respect for private and family life : Third Section) [2018] ECHR 785 (02 October 2018)

Application by father alleging that the Russian domestic authorities had failed to offer him effective assistance in securing contact with his daughter, in breach of Article 8. Held, there had been a violation of Art 8.

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London Borough of Hounslow v A Father & Mother (Costs in the Court of Protection - Disproportionate litigation) [2018] EWCOP 23 (21 September 2018)

Decision relating to costs of proceedings concerning young man lacking capacity to manage his property and affairs.

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