I (A Child) [2009] EWCA Civ 965 (21 July 2009)

Family Law Week report

Appeal arising from a conclusion that the English courts did not have jurisdiction in a case involving contact between a mother and a child now in Pakistan: counsel used a novel argument that Brussels II Revised could apply outside of EU Member states. Appeal dismissed.

C (Children) [2009] EWCA Civ 959 (10 July 2009)

Family Law Week report

Appeal by mother against against a care order and related contact provisions concerning her two children. Appeal dismissed.

C (A Child) [2009] EWCA Civ 955 (3 August 2009)

Family Law Week report

Application by mother for permission to appeal, with appeal to follow, decision to discharge a care order against her 15 year old son. Application granted; appeal dismissed.

H (A Child), Re [2009] EWHC 2280 (Fam) (11 September 2009)

Bailii Report

Mother retained child in Spain - Spanish court refused order for return under Hague Convention - father invoked Articles 11 (6) and (7) of Brussels II Revised in this jurisdiction and now seeks contact order - mother not participated in English proceedings - Held, English court retains jurisdiction to make the order sought by the father - proceedings adjourned to enable mother to engage with the court, with an indication that the court is likely to make the order sought if she does not.

MGR (A Minor), Re [2009] EWCA Civ 942 (09 September 2009)

Bailii Report

Appeal by local authority against a refusal to find that, in relation to a child, the threshold set by s.31(2) of the Children Act 1989 for the making of a care order had been crossed. Appeal allowed: the threshold had been crossed and an interim care order was made.

Re L (a child): CA (Civ Div) (20 August 2009)

Law Gazette report

Appeal by child against order requiring her to submit to blood testing to assist in determining the paternity of her respondent younger brother. Appeal allowed.