Re W (Children: Abduction: Implementation of Return Order) V [2019] EWHC 357 (Fam)

The father in child abduction proceedings had applied for directions to implement a return order. The mother had brought the children from Texas to England in 2017, and had been ordered to return them. The Court of Appeal had held that it would be intolerable to return the children to the USA without their mother, but her application for a humanitarian parole visa had been rejected by the American immigration service. Knowles J was unable to vary the Court of Appeal's order, and so did not have the jurisdiction to entertain the father's application. The parties would have to consider whether to apply to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration of its order. However, she urged them to consider a child-focused, consensual end to the litigation, before further hearings eroded whatever goodwill remained.

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W v L (Forum Conveniens) [2019] EWHC 1995 (Fam)

The parents were British and Jordanian nationals, who married in Jordan in 2010 and moved to England in 2011. The mother applied for a declaration that their six-year-old son was habitually resident here, and for an order prohibiting the father from removing the boy from the care of the mother or from this jurisdiction, and from making further applications regarding the child in Jordan. The father argued that the Kingdom of Jordan was the appropriate legal forum for determination of the welfare issues. MacDonald J was wholly satisfied that the child was habitually resident in the jurisdiction of England and Wales, where he had been born and had lived for all but sixteen months. It was therefore the natural and appropriate forum for the welfare issues to be determined.

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D (A Child) (Fact-Finding Appeal), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 2302 (20 December 2019)

Care proceedings concerning 5 year old child. Appeal by mother against finding of fact that mother knew identity of perpetrator of injury to child. Appeal allowed.

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J (Children), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 2300 (20 December 2019)

Appeal by mother against interim care order made in respect of two of her three children. Appeal allowed.

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TT v CDS [2019] EWHC 3572 (Fam) (20 December 2019)

Final hearing of lengthy financial remedy proceedings, in case in which the main asset was a business built up by the parties.

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A London Borough v X (Wardship: Parental Responsibility; Deprivation of Liberty) [2019] EWHC B16 (Fam) (12 December 2019)

Wardship proceedings issued by local authority, following concerns that parents of 17 year old were failing to follow medical advice regarding his care.

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Bhayana v Bhayana [2019] EWHC 3587 (Fam) (02 December 2019)

Application by father for committal of mother for failure to obey order to return child from India.

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J (A Child) [2019] EWFC B67 (12 November 2019)

Final hearing of care proceedings relating to a one year old child whose mother has significant mental health problems.

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Behbehani v Behbehani [2019] EWCA Civ 2301 (20 December 2019)

Proceedings in which wife sought to enforce lump sum order. Appeal by wife against setting aside of receivership order in relation to a company believed to be owned by the husband.

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Z, Re [2019] EWCOP 55 (20 December 2019)

Application by son of man lacking capacity to manage his property and financial affairs for the disclosure to him of certain documents which had been filed by the other parties in the course of the proceedings.

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C (A Child) (Special Guardianship Order) [2019] EWCA Civ 2281 (20 December 2019)

Appeal by mother from special guardianship order made at the conclusion of care proceedings. Appeal dismissed.

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CB v KB [2019] EWFC 78 (20 December 2019)

Final hearing of wife's 'de facto' financial remedies claim, in case where the husband is a musician in a well-known band.

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C3 and C4 (Child Arrangements), Re [2019] EWHC B14 (Fam) (01 August 2019)

Application by father for permission to apply for child arrangements order, a s.91(14) order having been made. Permission refused, and s.91(14) order extended.

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C1 and C2 (Child Arrangements), Re [2019] EWHC B15 (Fam) (01 August 2019)

Application by father for contact with two children. No direct contact ordered, and s.91(14) order made. Father's litigation conduct in court criticised.

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B (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 2265 (19 December 2019)

Appeal by local authority from a supervision order made at the conclusion of care proceedings.

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XW v XH [2019] EWCA Civ 2262 (18 December 2019)

Appeal by wife against financial remedy order awarding her 25% of marital acquest.

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Oxfordshire County Council v AD & Ors [2019] EWFC B66 (17 December 2019)

Application by local authority to discharge care orders and to vary FGM protection orders.

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AB v CD [2019] EWHC 3543 (Fam) (21 November 2019)

Final hearing of father's application for the return under the Hague Convention of his daughter to Belgium.

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K (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 2264 (17 December 2019)

Appeal by local authority against refusal of its application for interim care orders in relation to two children.

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Zaranika v Musa [2019] EWHC 3512 (Fam) (17 September 2019)

Application by mother for order that father cause the return of child from Zimbabwe.

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