ARB v IVF Hammersmith & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2803 (17 December 2018)

A child, who was born in 2011, was conceived via IVF using the gametes of the parties but after they had separated and without the permission of the father (the mother had forged his signature on the papers). Father succeeded on all aspects of his primary case against the clinic for breach of contract. However, the judge held that he could not recover damages for the cost of the child's upbringing for reasons of policy. His appeal against this decision failed.

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J (A child : Hague Child Abduction Convention: Physical Chastisement and Homophobic Abuse) [2018] EWFC 85 (14 December 2018)

Application by mother for summary return of child to Portugal. Defences (relating to physical chastisement and homophobic abuse by mother) relied upon by father not established, and return ordered.

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T (A Child: Care Order: Beyond Parental Control: Deprivation of Liberty: Authority to Administer Medication) [2018] EWFC B1 (5 January 2018)

Care proceedings concerning 13 year old child, in which the local authority planned that the child be placed in a specialist residential unit.

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AB (Inherent Jurisdiction Deprivation of Liberty) [2018] EWHC 3103 (Fam) (14 December 2018)

Application by local authority for an order pursuant to the court’s inherent jurisdiction authorising the deprivation of liberty of a 28 year old man at risk of re-offending.

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MG v JH [2018] EWHC 3477 (Fam) (30 November 2018)

Initial hearing in application by mother for permission to take child to Mexico, the mother having previously retained the child there without the father's consent.

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X (A Child) (No 5) [2018] EWHC 3442 (Fam) (14 December 2018)

Judgment concerning issue of whether a reporting restriction order should continue in case of serious child abuse.

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X (A Child) (No 4) [2018] EWHC 1815 (Fam) (14 December 2018)

Third trial of allegations that the parents had inflicted serious injuries on child when the child was only a few weeks old in 2012.

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BB v CC (residence order) [2018] EWFC B78 (15 October 2018)

Proceedings concerning arrangements for a 3 year old child. Appeal by mother against order that required her to relocate with the child from one part of the country to the other. Appeal dismissed.

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ABX v SBX [2018] EWFC 81 (31 July 2018)

Final hearing of husband's financial remedy application and wife's s.37 application.

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DA & JA (Children : non-Hague summary return) [2018] EWHC 3429 (Fam) (15 June 2018)

Application by father for children to be made wards and for the Court to order their summary return to Nigeria.

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F (A Child : Placement Order: Proportionality) [2018] EWCA Civ 2761 (11 December 2018)

Appeal by mother from care and placement orders made in proceedings concerning a child now aged 15 months. Appeal allowed.

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A London NHS Foundation Trust v E [2018] EWHC 3367 (Fam) (22 November 2018)

Application by NHS Trust for declaration that amputation of patient's leg was in his best interests.

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David (A Child : appeal) [2018] EWFC B76 (05 December 2018 )

Appeal by father against refusal of court to reconsider whether fact-finding hearing necessary, and to make interim contact order. Appeal dismissed.

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NO v JL [2018] EWFC 79 (16 November 2018)

Cross-applications by both parents as to various aspects of child arrangements in relation to their son.

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BT & GT (Children : twins - adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018)

Applications to adopt twins in two separate homes, following serial failings of the local authority.

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A & B (care orders and placement orders - failures) [2018] EWFC 72 (30 November 2018)

Judgment in care proceedings, in which the local authority conceded that the serial failures in the care provided, or not provided, to the children amounted to breaches of their respective Article 8 rights.

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G (Declaration of Parentage: Removal of Person Identified as Mother from Birth Certificate) (No 2) [2018] EWHC 3361 (Fam) (16 October 2018)

Further hearing of application by child's father for declaration of parentage of child born under an informal surrogacy arrangement, and order removing person identified as mother from child's birth certificate.

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G (Declaration of Parentage: Removal of Person Identified as Mother from Birth Certificate) (No 1) [2018] EWHC 3379 (Fam) (31 July 2018)

Application by child's father for declaration of parentage of child born under an informal surrogacy arrangement, and order removing person identified as mother from child's birth certificate.

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SR (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 2738 (06 December 2018)

Appeal by the father of a boy, now aged 7, against a finding made in care proceedings that he abused his son. Appeal allowed.

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