J v J [2011] EWHC 1010 (Fam) (20 April 2011)

The wife was awarded 46% of the assets on the basis of her needs. Absent needs, her award based on the sharing principle would have been lower in light of the husband's pre-acquired wealth.

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H (A Child) [2011] EWCA Civ 585 (7 April 2011)

Appeal by mother against the judge introducing into the proceedings findings against the mother which he had been minded to make at an earlier hearing. Appeal allowed.

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R (Children) EWCA Civ 558 (29 March 2011)

Children H and T living with father. Mother removed T. Application by father for permission to appeal, with appeal to follow, against the dismissal of an appeal against an order refusing an interim residence order in respect of T. Permission granted and appeal dismissed, but the judge was invited to look again at the timetable, with a view to the matter being expedited.

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K Children), Re [2011] EWCA Civ 635 (25 May 2011)

Appeal by father against a special guardianship order in favour of the maternal grandmother and a section 91(14) order. Appeal dismissed.

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Whaley v Whaley [2011] EWCA Civ 617 (24 May 2011)

Appeal by husband against ancillary relief order, primarily in relation to the judge's treatment of the assets in two trusts. Appeal dismissed.

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KY v DD [2011] EWHC 1277 (Fam) (23 May 2011)

Prospective wardship proceedings. Guidance given regarding the principles that apply when orders are sought without notice.

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Birmingham City Council v RL & Ors [2011] EWHC 1299 (Fam) (14 February 2011)

Care proceedings. Application by Children's Guardian for the judge to recuse himself, on the basis of perceived bias. Application dismissed.

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V v V [2011] EWHC 1190 (Fam) (20 May 2011)

The wife contended that the court had jurisdiction to entertain a divorce petition issued by her, on the basis of her habitual residence. The husband disputed this. Held that the wife was habitually resident here and was therefore entitled to proceed with her petition.

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GR v CMEC (CSM) [2011] UKUT 101 (AAC) (10 March 2011)

The child, who was cared for by the maternal grandmother, was sent to the USA to a specialist school, staying with friends. Held, the child's grandmother was not a "person with care" under s 3(3)(b) of the CSA 1991.

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JK v KC [2011] EWHC 1284 (Fam) (10 March 2011)

Hearing relating to whether the English Court had jurisdiction over the children, who had been removed by the father to the USA, so as to make welfare based decisions as to their contact with their mother. Held that the court did have jurisdiction.

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W v M & Ors [2011] EWHC 1197 (COP) (12 May 2011)

Reporting restriction order in proceedings involving a patient in a minimally conscious state, where her mother was seeking an order that those treating her may lawfully discontinue and withhold all life-sustaining treatment and medical support.

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X, Y, Z (Minors), Re [2011] EWHC 1267 (Fam) (18 May 2011)

Applications for costs against the local authority in care proceedings. Local authority ordered to pay £73,765 towards the Respondents' costs.

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K (A Child), Re [2011] EWHC 1082 (Fam) (16 May 2011)

Application for a secure accommodation order. The issue was whether the child, a 13-year-old girl, should attend the hearing. The court directed the local authority to make arrangements for her attendance at the hearing.

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Mekarska (Wife) v Ruiz (Husband) [2011] EWHC 913 (Fam) (09 May 2011)

Application by wife for the annulment of a bankruptcy order and an appeal against a financial order on divorce. Application and appeal dismissed.

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H (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 529 (17 March 2011)

Application for permission to appeal decision permitting mother to relocate to Canada with parties’ children. Payne v Payne considered by the Court of Appeal. Permission refused.

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Golubovich v Golubovich [2011] EWCA Civ 528 (3 March 2011)

Application by wife in respect of security for costs in proceedings pending husband’s application for permission to appeal in ancillary relief proceedings. Rules and case law considered. Application granted in part.

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R (TG) v London Borough of Lambeth [2011] EWCA Civ 526 (6 May 2011)

Appeal against decision of the Administrative Court dismissing the appellant’s claim against the local authority for judicial review of its decision that he was not a “former relevant child” under s. 23C(1) Children Act 1989. Appeal allowed.

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K v L [2011] EWCA Civ 550 (13 May 2011)

Appeal by husband, seeking increase of lump sum order from £5m to £18m, in a case involving substantial non-matrimonial property. Appeal dismissed.

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C v D [2011] EWHC 335 (Fam) (24 February 2011)

The mother's application for leave to remove the children to Florida was refused. There was a shared care arrangement which was working well and the children's contact with their father would be substantially reduced if they moved to Florida.

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R v F [2010] EWHC (10 December 2010)

Contact proceedings brought by the father. Mother was awarded sums under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 to cover her legal costs.

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X, Y, and Z & Anor v A Local Authority [2011] EWHC 1157 (Fam) (11 May 2011)

Care proceedings. Application by a journalist for an order for permission for the media to name the medical expert witness in the case. Application granted.

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R & Anor v A [2011] EWHC 1158 (Fam) (11 May 2011)

Applicants sought to withdraw children proceedings, with no order as to costs. Respondent sought to have proceedings dismissed, with applicants paying his costs. Held that the proceedings should be withdrawn, with the applicants paying the respondent's costs.

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N (a Child), Re [2011] EWCA 1156 (Fam) (10 May 2011)

Care proceedings in respect of child N, whose older brother MY died in 2008, relying exclusively on what happened to MY. Local authority sought a discrete fact finding hearing in order to decide what did happen to MY. Held that the case would not be advanced by such a hearing.

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C (A Child), Re [2011] EWCA Civ 521 (06 May 2011)

Appeal by mother against order providing for no direct contact between her and the child. Appeal dismissed.

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L (A Child: Media Reporting), Re [2011] EWHC B8 (Fam) (18 April 2011)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings. Mother found to be responsible for a fracture to the child's arm. The judge also commented upon media reporting of the case.

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