B (A Child), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 737 (31 May 2012)

Care proceedings. Appeal by grandmother against refusal of her application to become a party to the proceedings. Appeal dismissed.

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DS & Ors (Children) [2012] EWHC 1442 (Fam) (31 May 2012)

Care proceedings. Guidance given by the President on the question of prior authority addressed to the Legal Services Commission in relation to expert evidence.

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Aspden v Elvy [2012] EWHC 1387 (Ch) (23 May 2012)

Unmarried couple disputed the beneficial ownership of a barn, which the man had transferred into the woman's name following their separation. Held, there was nothing in the man's words or conduct to infer a common intention that he should retain a beneficial interest. However, he acquired a 25% interest by making contributions after the transfer.

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R (Children) , Re [2012] EWCA Civ 687 (04 May 2012)

Appeal by father against refusal to allow the instruction of an expert on transmission or cross-transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Appeal dismissed.

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Re S (Parenting Assessment) [2012] EWCA (17 May 2012)

Care proceedings. Appeal by mother against a decision ruling her out as a future carer of her two children. Appeal dismissed.

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Re H (Placement Order: Application of Principles) [2012] EWCA Civ 743 (16 May 2012)

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

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JS (a minor), Re [2012] EWHC 1370 (Fam) (29 March 2012)

Care proceedings. Fact-finding hearing considering the cause of subdural haematomas and retinal haemorrhage suffered by the child. Held that the child suffered the injuries as a result of inflicted trauma on two occasions in the form of assaults which included an element of shaking perpetrated by the father.

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Re L (Occupation Order) [2012] EWCA 721 (4 May 2012)

Judge made occupation order to exclude father from matrimonial home, after making findings that the children had suffered harm as a result of heated arguments between the parents. The father's appeal was dismissed.

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Kim v Morris [2012] EWHC 1103 (Fam) (2 May 2012)

The parties reconciled during the 4 years since decree nisi and so did not seek decree absolute but were now once again separated and sought to complete the divorce process. Held, the wife could not supplement her petition. Decree nisi rescinded, petition dismissed.

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B (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 632 (20 April 2012)

Appeal by maternal grandmother against residence order in favour of mother, on the basis that the order was made without proper evidence or argument. Appeal allowed.

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S (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 617 (14 March 2012)

Appeal by mother against order for supervised contact made without hearing from Cafcass officers, in a case involving a finding of domestic violence against the father. Appeal allowed.

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D (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 627 (14 May 2012)

Appeal by local authority against determination that they were the designated local authority in a care order, where the mother was also a child. Appeal dismissed.

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Re H (Contact Order: Permissibility of Judge’s Actions) [2012] EWCA Civ 714 (3 May 2012)

Appeal by father against contact order on the basis that a discussion between counsel and the judge had constituted a breach of his rights under art 6. Appeal dismissed.

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VC v GC [2012] EWHC 1246 (Fam) (02 March 2012)

Application by father for a stay of mother's application for a residence order on the basis that the proper jurisdiction for consideration of all matters appertaining to parental responsibility is France. Application refused.

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W-B (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 592 (18 April 2012)

Appeal by mother against determination that residence proceedings should take place in England rather than in Scotland, where she and the child now reside. Appeal allowed.

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I-A (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 582 (21 March 2012)

Appeal against care order allowed as the judge was found to have failed properly to address and assess the evidence of the stepfather, against whom the child had made an allegation of sexual abuse.

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C (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 535 (16 February 2012)

Care proceedings. Application by mother for permission to appeal against finding that she caused certain injuries to the child. Application granted and appeal allowed.

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W (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 528 (2 February 2012)

Contact application in which the court made findings of violence by the father towards the mother. Appeal by mother against refusal to order a welfare report by a Cafcass officer and/or a psychological assessment of the father. Appeal allowed.

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Lilleyman v Lilleyman & Anor [2012] EWHC 1056 (Ch) (26 April 2012)

Judgment in relation to the costs of and occasioned by Claimant's claim for reasonable financial provision from the net estate of her late husband.

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Lilleyman v Lilleyman [2012] EWHC 821 (Ch) (04 April 2012)

Application by wife of 2 years for reasonable financial provision from the deceased husband's estate.

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Cawdery Kaye Fireman & Taylor v Minkin [2012] EWCA Civ 546 (1 May 2012)

Second appeal by solicitors against decision of costs judge that they had wrongfully terminated the retainer and were not entitled to their fees. Appeal allowed.

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E (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 537 (15 March 2012)

Care proceedings. Appeal by mother against placement order in case linked to proceedings concerning her partner's children. Appeal dismissed.

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AV v RM [2012] EWHC 1173 (Fam) (21 March 2012)

Application by mother for permission to appeal against order effecting change of residence. Permission granted.

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Geary v Rankine [2012] EWCA Civ 555 (29 March 2012)

Cohabitation. Appeal against decision that appellant had not acquired a beneficial interest in a business property. appeal dismissed.

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A County Council v M and F [2011] EWHC 1804 (Fam) (13 July 2011)

Care proceedings. Fact-finding hearing as to the cause of child's injuries and the cause of his death.

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