R & Ors (Minors), R (on the application of) v The Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service [2012] EWCA Civ 853 (29 June 2012)

Appeal against dismissal of a claim for judicial review brought on behalf of 4 children against CAFCASS on the basis that failure to appoint a children's guardian in a timely manner, or in one of the cases at all, in care proceedings constituted a breach of statutory duty and/or a breach of the ECHR rights of the children. Appeal dismissed.

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Hope (aka Lewis, Formerly Krejci) v Krejci & Ors [2012] EWHC 1780 (Fam) (29 June 2012)

Application by wife for enforcement of lump sum and costs orders, involving variation of a family trust.

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Re C [2012] EWHC 907 (Fam) (22 March 2012)

Application by father to enforce Belgian order granting him custody of the child and requiring her return to Belgium. Application refused.

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B (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 858 (3 May 2012)

Appeal against residence order in favour of the paternal grandmother. Appeal allowed and re-trial directed.

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Re N (Parenting Assessment) [2012] EWCA (20 June 2012)

The father appealed a decision refusing a further parenting assessment. Appeal allowed.

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Re H (McKenzie Friend) [2012] EWCA (20 June 2012)

Care proceedings. Appeal by father against refusal of permission for him to be assisted by a McKenzie friend. Appeal dismissed.

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Ezair v Ezair [2012] EWCA 893 (31 May 2012)

Financial remedy proceedings. Judge combined wasted costs payment with lump sum payable by husband. Husband appealed. Appeal allowed.

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BCC v FZ & Ors [2012] EWHC 1154 (Fam) (03 April 2012)

Care proceedings involving 16 year old girl, in which the parents are deprived of access to all of the material upon which the Local Authority base their case.

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T (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 833 (20 March 2012)

Application for permission to appeal by grandmother against placement order, placing the child with distant relatives. Application refused and appeal dismissed.

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A & S (Children) v Lancashire County Council [2012] EWHC 1689 (Fam) (21 June 2012)

Case concerning 2 brothers who went into care in 1998 and were freed for adoption but no adopters were found. The brothers are now taking Human Rights Act proceedings against the local authority.

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F (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 828 (3 April 2012)

Appeal by mother against findings of fact as to what happened during a supervised contact session between her and the two younger children, and the making of consequential orders in relation to contact. Appeal dismissed.

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HSE Ireland v SF (A Minor) [2012] EWHC 1640 (Fam) (15 June 2012)

Application by the Health Service Executive of Ireland for an urgent order under Article 20 Brussels II Revised. Order made as sought.

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A Local Authority v A Mother & Ors [2012] EWHC 1637 (Fam) (15 June 2012)

Public law proceedings. Child adopted by her aunt. Application by aunt for an order that the local authority should pay her costs of the latter part of the proceedings. Held that this was an exceptional case that justified an order requiring the local authority to contribute towards the aunt's costs.

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Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v Haigh & Ors [2010] EWCC 62 (Fam) (22 November 2010)

Care proceedings in which the mother's allegations that the father had sexually abused the child were found to be false. Ordered that the child should be the subject of a full care order and that she should move to her father's care.

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Re E (Medical treatment: Anorexia) [2012] EWHC 1639 (COP) (15 June 2012)

Woman suffering from severe anorexia and close to death. Application by local authority regarding her medical treatment. Held that she lacked capacity to make a decision about life-sustaining treatment and declared that it was in her best interests to be fed against her wishes.

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Health Service Executive v SC and AC (C-92/12 PPU) (26 April 2012)

Irish child with exceptional care needs. Professionals were unable to identify an institution in Ireland which could cater for child's needs but one in England was a possibility. Consent was obtained from Central Authority in England and the High Court ordered the child's placement but the High Court in Ireland made a reference for preliminary ruling on compliance with Brussels II Revised.

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The X Primary Care Trust v XB & Anor [2012] EWHC 1390 (Fam) (01 May 2012)

Application by Primary Care Trust for declarations under s.26(4) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 as to the validity of an advance decision made by the Respondent that he wished, amongst other things, to have his ventilation removed in certain defined circumstances. Held that the advance decision was effective.

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Thomas v Jeffrey and Others [2012] EWCA Civ 693 (31 May 2012)

Appeal against costs order in Inheritance Act proceedings. Appeal allowed.

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Revenue and Customs v Charman & Anor [2012] EWHC 1448 (Fam) (29 May 2012)

Application by HMRC for disclosure of documents produced in ancillary relief proceedings. Application dismissed.

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PK v BC [2012] EWHC 1382 (Fam) (19 March 2012)

Consent order made including maintenance for child. Father applied to CSA for maintenance assessment, which was half of the level of maintenance in the consent order. Mother issued a Sch 1 application to recoup the difference. Application dismissed.

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Re E (A Child) [2011] EWHC 3521 (Fam) (10 June 2011)

Judgment in intractable contact / parental alienation case, giving guidance on case management in such matters.

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Dukali v Lamrani [2012] EWHC 1748 (Fam) (15 March 2012)

Application for leave to apply for an order for financial relief under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984. Application refused on the ground that the 'wife' could not demonstrate any marriage to which section 12 of that Act applies.

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J (A Child), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 720 (04 May 2012)

Contact application. Appeal by father against decision that there should be no order for contact. Appeal dismissed.

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