ND v KP [2011] EWHC 457 (Fam) (10 February 2011)

Application by wife for the continuance of a freezing order and cross-application by husband for discharge of the order. Order discharged.

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Gordon (Formerly Stefanou) v Stefanou [2010] EWCA Civ 1074 (2 December 2010)

Wife's application to re-open ancillary relief proceedings on basis of non-disclosure refused, as the disclosure would not have had a material effect on the award the judge had made.

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W (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 345 (30 March 2011)

Appeal by mother against refusal of an application for permission to relocate to Australia with two children. Appeal allowed.

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DE v AB [2010] EWHC 3792 (Fam) (30 November 2010)

Appeal by father against Schedule 1 Children Act award. Held that he effect of the award was to leave the father with effectively little or no capital, after a very significant contribution towards housing for the child. The appeal was therefore allowed, and the award reduced.

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Al-Saedy v Musawi [2010] EWHC 3293 (29 October 2010)

High Court judgment in defended divorce proceedings on the questions issues of (i) whether as a matter of fact the parties had been married and (ii) if they were not married, whether as a matter of law a valid marriage could be presumed.

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Re L (Contact Order) [2011] EWCA (21 January 2011)

Father made DVD for child to watch. Application for indirect contact dismissed.

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Baby X, Re [2011] EWHC 590 (Fam) (15 March 2011)

Care proceedings involving a child who had been smothered by her mother, causing cardio respiratory arrest. A care order was made, and the child placed with the maternal grandparents.

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N v F [2011] EWHC 586 (Fam) (11 March 2011)

Ancillary relief case where the issue was the extent to which the award should reflect the property that H bought to the marriage in 1993, if at all. Held that it would be wrong and unfair for none of H's pre-marital wealth to be excluded from the sharing principle. W awarded 44.7% of the divisible amount.

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C (A Child) [2011] EWCA Civ 261 (2 February 2011)

Court of Appeal: the Court should ensure that all avenues have been exhausted before concluding that contact should be terminated. In difficult cases the attendance of the CAFCASS officer may be required even if it leads to an adjournment; it may be helpful for the child to be separately represented.

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Hargreaves v Salt [2011] EWCA Civ 248 (22 February 2011)

Appeal against findings of fact as to a transaction being at an undervalue in insolvency and related matrimonial proceedings. Permission to appeal unanimously refused.

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F (A Child) [2011] EWCA Civ 258 (31 January 2011)

Appeal by a local authority against the dismissal of a care order in circumstances where there was no proven fact in relation to the identity of the perpetrator of non-accidental injuries. Appeal dismissed and permission to appeal refused.

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Agrest v Kremen [2011] EWCA Civ 259 (24 January 2011)

Appeal to set aside transaction in ancillary relief proceedings. Permission to appeal refused.

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Mercredi v Chaffe [2011] EWCA Civ 272 (17 March 2011)

Appeal by mother against order requiring her to return the child to the jurisdiction. Appeal allowed.

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M v F & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 273 (17 March 2011)

Appeal of mother against judgment refusing the mother a wide ranging series of declarations, the object of which was to deny the father all knowledge of the birth and subsequent development of his legitimate child. Appeal dismissed.

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A and D (Children), Re [2011] EWCA Civ 265 (17 March 2011)

Appeal by mother against dismissal of application for an order that the children be returned from Cameroon, on the basis that the children were habitually resident there. Appeal dismissed.

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A (a child), Re [2011] EWHC 517 (Fam) (10 March 2011)

Application by local authority for permission to withdraw care proceedings, notwithstanding that the child had sustained injuries which amounted to significant harm. Application granted.

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Schofield v Schofield [2011] EWCA Civ 174 (2 February 2011)

Appeal of decision to dismiss a wife’s originating summons seeking leave to make an application under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 for an order for financial relief from the husband, following a divorce in Germany. Appeal unanimously allowed.

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Everclear Ltd (BVI) v Agrest & Anor [2011] EWCA Civ 232 (09 March 2011)

Appeal against order setting aside share transaction. Appeal dismissed.

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T (A Child: Murdered Parent), Re [2011] EWHC B4 (Fam) (08 March 2011)

Father, who had been convicted of the manslaughter of the mother, applied for contact. Application dismissed, and s.91(14) order made.

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Chandler v Chandler [2011] EWCA Civ 143 (27 January 2011)

Application for permission to appeal against the striking out of a divorce petition on the basis of lack of jurisdiction. Application refused.

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L B of Hillingdon v Neary [2011] EWHC 413 (COP) (28 February 2011)

Court of Protection: media attendance and reporting.

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Olafisoye v Olafisoye [2010] EWHC 3539 (Fam) and [2010] EWHC 3540 (Fam) (19 February 2010 and 28 July 2010)

Recognition of Nigerian divorce refused on the basis that the husband had not taken or caused to be taken such steps as should reasonably have been taken to give notice of the Nigerian proceedings to the wife.

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RO, R (on the application of) v East Riding of Yorkshire Council & Anor [2011] EWCA Civ 196 (02 March 2011)

Appeal against a decision that a teenage boy with severe autism did not have the status of a "looked after child" under the Children Act 1989. Appeal allowed.

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H v City & County of Swansea & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 195 (02 March 2011)

Care proceedings. Appeal by mother against finding that she was in a pool of possible perpetrators of injuries to the child. Appeal allowed.

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Johns & Anor, R (on the application of) v Derby City Council & Anor [2011] EWHC 375 (Admin) (28 February 2011)

Application by prospective foster carers for permission to apply for judicial review of the approach of the local authority to their views about homosexuality. Permission refused.

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