CA (A Baby), Re [2012] EWHC 2190 (Fam) (30 July 2012)

Proceedings involving the making of care and placement orders, in which the mother successfully claimed a breach of human rights in connection with the obtaining by the local authority of a s.20 consent.

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NHS Trust v Baby X & Ors [2012] EWHC 2188 (Fam) (30 July 2012)

Case concerning the question of whether a baby who suffered irreversible brain damage should be removed from a ventilator and made the subject only of palliative care. Held that he should.

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XCC v AA & Anor [2012] EWHC 2183 (COP) (26 July 2012)

Court of Protection proceedings in which a woman lacking capacity was subject to an arranged marriage. Declared that it was in her best interests for a nullity application to be issued by the Official Solicitor as her litigation friend.

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C (A Child), Re [2012] EW Misc 15 (CC) (11 May 2012)

Application by mother for prohibited steps order forbidding the father from baptising the children as Christians. Application dismissed.

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Shirt v Shirt [2012] EWCA Civ 1029 (27 March 2012)

Appeal concerning a dispute between a father and son as to the legal and beneficial entitlement to a farm. The Master of the Rolls also comments upon issues relating to judges correcting transcripts of their judgments.

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K (A Child: Post Adoption Placement Breakdown), Re [2012] EWHC 4148 (Fam) (27 July 2012)

Application  by local authority for a care order after the breakdown of an adoption placement where the child was beyond parental control. Care order made.

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HH v BLW [2012] EWHC 2199 (Fam) (28 June 2012)

Application for permission to appeal costs order in contact proceedings. Application refused: although the proposed appeal had a real prospect of success, it lacked any proportionality to the amount at stake.

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R (TT) v London Borough of Merton [2012] EWHC 2055 (Admin) (25 July 2012)

Application for judicial review of the policy of the defendant local authority in relation to the financial assistance to be given to special guardians. Application allowed.

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MD v Malta ECHR (Application No 64791/10) (17 July 2012)

The mother and two children claimed a breach of their rights under Arts 6, 8 and 13, in that they were denied access to the courts in order to challenge a care order following a change of circumstances. The ECHR found there had been a breach of Arts 6 and 8 of the European Convention.

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T (Children) [2012] UKSC 36 (25 July 2012)

Care proceedings. Appeal by local authority against order requiring them to pay the interveners' costs of a fact-finding hearing. Appeal allowed.

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Re A (Fact-Finding Hearing: Appeal) [2012] EWCA (18 July 2012)

Appeal by father against determination that he had inflicted serious injuries on the child. Appeal dismissed.

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Musa v Karim [2012] EWCA (13 July 2012)

Appeal by husband against financial order on the basis of the wife's failure to disclose her interests in overseas properties. Appeal allowed.

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W (Children), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 999 (24 July 2012)

Appeal by father against dismissal of his application for direct contact. Appeal allowed.

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S (A Child), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 1031 (24 July 2012)

Appeal by father against contact order and residence order in favour of mother, in case involving mother's relocation. Appeal dismissed.

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A Local Authority v C & Ors [2012] EWHC 1975 (Fam) (01 June 2012)

Application by Local authority for re-hearing concerning findings of fact, after judge had previously concluded that she could not be satisfied that the child's injuries were a result of her being abused by the father.

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Re B (Transfer of Foster Placement) [2012] EWHC (4 May 2012)

Local authority sought to move six siblings who were placed in three different foster homes. The guardians sought an injunction preventing a further move under s 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998. Application refused.

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Re C (Abduction: Application to Set Aside Return Order) [2012] EWCA (11 July 2012)

The 15-year-old girl appealed a consent order for her return to Canada with her father after she changed her mind on where she wished to live. The case was remitted to the Family Division for rehearing.

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Re M (Wasted Costs) [2012] EWCA (5 July 2012)

Application by local authority and guardian for wasted costs order after mother refused permission to appeal a decision to remove her child into care.

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Re N (Abduction: Appeal) [2012] EWCA (11 July 2012)

Appeal by mother against decision not to order the return of her child from Lebanon. Appeal dismissed.

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Arif v Zar & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 986 (18 July 2012)

Appeals by husband and trustees against order that application by wife to annul husband's bankruptcy be transferred from the Chancery to the Family Division, to be heard with her application for ancillary relief. Appeals allowed.

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L-B (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 984 (18 July 2012)

Care proceedings. Appeal by mother against finding by judge that the perpetrator of injuries to the child could not be identified, after the judge had previously stated that the father was the perpetrator. Appeal allowed.

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AB, (A Child), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 978 (17 July 2012)

Case concerning the interpretation and application of Article 56 Council regulation (EC) 2201/2003.

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G v G [2012] EWHC 1979 (Fam) (11 May 2012)

Parental order under s.54 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 made in favour of Mr and Mrs G. Application by Mr G to set aside the order on the basis, inter alia, that Mrs G concealed her intention to separate from him and bring up the child alone. Application refused.

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B v B [2012] EWHC 1924 (Fam) (13 July 2012)

Application by father for an order that, inter alia, the English court retain exclusive jurisdiction in relation to all matters concerning the children, notwithstanding that an earlier order had relinquished jurisdiction to Dubai, where the children lived. Application dismissed.

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RK v RK [2011] EWHC 3910 (Fam) (21 November 2011)

Ancillary relief application in which the principal issue was the extent to which trustees of a number of trusts, of which the husband and the children of the family are discretionary beneficiaries and of some of which the wife is a discretionary beneficiary, are likely to provide resources to or for the wife direct and/or to the husband to enable him to meet the wife's financial claim.

Full report: Family Law Week

H (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 913 (29 May 2012)

Appeal by father against order made in child abduction proceedings. Appeal allowed as order had been made on the basis of a misunderstanding as to the litigation history.

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Re L (Children) (Occupation order: absence of domestic violence) [2012] EWCA Civ (4 April 2012)

Appeal by husband against occupation order where there had been no finding of physical violence and against shared residence order which provided that the children should live primarily with the wife. Appeal dismissed.

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A City Council v M [2012] EWHC B6 (Fam) (04 July 2012)

Care proceedings, involving issues of contact with the parents and an application by the local authority for an order under s.91(14).

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A (A Child), Re [2012] EWCC 4 (Fam) (13 June 2010)

Cross-applications for residence. Fact-finding hearing relating to, inter alia, a finding sought by the mother that the father had sexually abused the child.

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JRG v EB [2012] EWHC 1863 (Fam) (05 July 2012)

Application by father under Hague Convention, alleging that the children were wrongfully retained in this country by their mother. French court had awarded residence to F. The High Court declined to adjudicate on the Hague application, instead leaving F to register the French order under Art. 28(1) B2R.

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Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council v Haigh [2012] EWCC 3 (Fam) (22 August 2011)

Care proceedings. Judgment in fact-finding hearing.

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Gallarotti v Sebastianelli [2012] EWCA Civ 865 (03 July 2012)

Flat purchased in sole name of one party, but with (unequal) contributions by both parties. Appeal against finding that the parties were beneficially entitled to the flat in equal shares. Order set aside and substituted with finding that the parties held the flat in 75%/25% shares.

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