Ahrens v Germany ECHR (App No 45071/09) (22 March 2012)

The applicant alleged German court's failure to allow him to challenge another man's legal paternity of a child violated his Art 8 rights. Held, there had been no violation of Art 8.

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SJ v JJ & Anor [2012] EWHC 931 (Fam) (02 March 2012)

Review hearing in case where the mother had removed the child to Poland. Residence order made in favour of mother, with contact to father.

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Lawrence v Gallagher [2012] EWCA Civ 394 (29 March 2012)

Appeal concerning financial orders made following the dissolution of a Civil Partnership. Appeal allowed.

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Arshad v Anwar [2012] EWCA Civ 372 (23 February 2012)

Appeal by husband against order that he pay the wife's costs of her abortive application for financial relief under Part 3 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984. Appeal allowed in part.

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DL v A Local Authority & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 253 (28 March 2012)

Appeal against decision that the High Court retained jurisdiction to protect vulnerable adults in cases which fell outside the Mental Capacity Act 2005, notwithstanding the passing of that Act. Appeal dismissed.

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A, Re (Disclosure of Third Party Information) [2012] EWHC 180 (Fam) (16 February 2012)

Contact proceedings in which an application was made for disclosure of information held by a local authority regarding the alleged sexual abuse of a third party by the father. Application dismissed.

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R (Children), Re [2011] EWCA Civ 1795 (09 June 2011)

Care proceedings. Appeal by father against findings of sexual abuse by him. Appeal dismissed.

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Re P (Fabricated Illness: Medical Evidence) [2012] EWCA (24 January 2012)

Care proceedings. It was alleged the mother had fabricated the child's illness. The mother appealed the court's decision not to allow further independent medical evidence. Appeal allowed.

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A v T [2011] EWHC 3882 (Fam) (9 December 2011)

Application by father for return of children to Sweden. The mother's Defence was that the father consented to or acquiesced in the children's removal or retention. return refused.

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X v X [2012] EWHC 538 (Fam) (16 March 2012)

Judgment giving guidance as to the preparation and presentation of big money cases.

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X v Y (repayment of overpaid maintenance) [2011] EWCC 2 (Fam) (22 February 2012)

Further judgment in case where the husband had successfully appealed against an order for him to pay arrears of spousal maintenance, on the grounds that the wife was cohabiting.

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X v Y (maintenance arrears - cohabitation) [2011] EWCC 1 (Fam) (13 February 2012)

Appeal by husband against order of Family Proceedings Court requiring him to pay maintenance arrears to his former wife, on the basis that the wife had cohabited for more than six months and that the maintenance order had therefore ended. Appeal allowed.

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H (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 281 (27 February 2012)

Dispute between the child's father on the one side, and his mother and her husband, on the other. Father initially refused contact, but his appeal was allowed. The mother appealed that order. Appeal allowed.

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Prest v Prest & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 325 (16 February 2012)

Permission granted to appeal ancillary relief order, including permission for the applellant to argue a point of Nigerian customary law.

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Wragg v Wragg [2012] EWCC (Fam) (25 January 2012)

Appeal by wife against the division of assets on the basis that the DJ had failed to give proper weight to the ‘drag' effect on her of caring for the husband's severely disabled middle aged sister. Appeal allowed.

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A v B and C [2012] EWCA Civ 285 (14 March 2012)

Appeal by biological father of child living with biological mother and her lesbian partner, against order granting him limited contact. Appeal allowed, and case remitted for further consideration.

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S (a Child) [2012] UKSC 10 (14 March 2012)

Appeal by mother against order that she should immediately return her son to Australia, pursuant to the Hague Convention. Appeal allowed.

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A v SM & Anor [2012] EWHC 435 (Fam) (25 January 2012)

Final hearing of an application under Part 4A of the Family Law Act 1996 for forced marriage protection orders. Orders made in respect of the applicant and her six younger siblings.

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A (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 185 (13 January 2012)

Appeal against findings made in preliminary issue trial, on the basis of procedural irregularities in arranging a meeting between the judge and a child. Appeal dismissed.

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Re C (Care and Placement Orders) [2012] EWCA (22 February 2012)

Appeal by mother against care and placement orders. Appeal allowed.

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Tower Hamlets London Borough Council v MK [2012] EWHC 426 (Fam) (2 March 2012)

Judgment in proceedings involving two children who were the subject of the Polish equivalent of care proceedings and had been abducted from Poland without the consent of the Polish authorities. Care order made.

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C (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 1774 (13 October 2011)

Care proceedings. Appeal by mother against orders under ss. 34(4) and 91(14) Children Act 1989. Appeal dismissed.

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GS v L [2011] EWHC 2116 (Fam) (29 July 2011)

Application for costs by wife following the final hearing of her application for ancillary relief. Held that the husband's conduct had increased the wife's costs and required a costs order to be made. The husband was therefore ordered to pay a proportion of the wife's costs.

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Fisher Meredith LLP v JH & Anor [2012] EWHC 408 (Fam) (02 March 2012)

Appeal against a wasted costs order made against the solicitors for the claimant wife in financial remedy proceedings. Appeal allowed and order set aside.

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DB v ZA & Ors [2010] EWHC 2175 (Fam) (19 August 2010)

Wardship proceedings. Lengthy judgment after fact-finding hearing in relation to allegations brought by the mother against the father.

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