T v T [2012] EWHC 2877 (Fam) (6 August 2012)

Children proceedings involving issue of jurisdiction, the mother and children having relocated to the Republic of Ireland since an earlier order was made. Held that the litigation could proceed in this country.

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B ( A Child), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 1742 (21 December 2012)

Appeal by mother against residence order, on the grounds that the judge's rigorous management of the hearing resulted in unfairness to the mother. Appeal allowed.

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M (Children), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 1710 (20 December 2012)

Care proceedings involving fractures to the child's skull but, inexplicably, no brain injuries. Appeal by parents against findings of fact, on the basis that the judge had failed to address their case that the child had some unknown and undiagnosed disorder of her bones. Appeal allowed, and case remitted for re-trial.

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R (on the application of) Louisa Hodkin -v- Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages [2012] EWHC 3635 (Admin) (19 December 2012)

The High Court dismissed a challenge against the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages in England and Wales’s decision not to register a chapel of the Church of Scientology as ‘a place of meeting for religious worship’ which in turn means it is not a registered building for the solemnisation of marriages.

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Re Y (Placement in China) [2012] EWHC (10 October 2012)

Care proceedings involving the possibility of the child being placed with the paternal family in China.

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Bhura v Bhura [2012] EWHC 3633 (Fam) (17 December 2012)

Committal application to enforce US lump sum order. Suspended committal order made.

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G (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1690 (30 October 2012)

Application by father for permission to appeal contact order and various findings by judge. Appeal allowed in part.

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M (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1687 (23 October 2012)

Application by father for permission to appeal against dismissal of application for interim contact and committal order for breach of undertaking to remove references to the case from his Facebook account. Permission granted in respect of the latter only.

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R (a Child), Re [2012] EWHC 2956 (Fam) (24 October 2012)

Application for recognition of Indian adoption. Held that the adoption should be recognised in this jurisdiction.

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An NHS Trust v DJ & Ors [2012] EWHC 3524 (COP) (06 December 2012)

Application by NHS Trust for permission to withdraw medical treatment from 68 year-old man lacking capacity. Application refused.

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In the matter of A (A Child) [2012] UKSC 60 [2012] UKSC (12 December 2012)

Appeal against order requiring local authority to disclose details relating to allegations of sexual abuse against the father. Appeal dismissed.

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Suffolk County Council v Nottinghamshire County Council [2012] EWCA Civ 1640 (11 December 2012)

Special guardianship. Case involving the determination of which authority owes duties under Sections 14A-F and the extent to which local authorities are free to make arrangements amongst themselves in respect of these duties.

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Davies v Davies [2012] EWCA Civ 1641 (11 December 2012)

Application by husband for permission to appeal against lump sum award, where the principal issue was the wife's contribution to the husband's business. Permission granted but appeal dismissed.

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J Council v GU & Ors [2012] EWHC 3531 (COP) (11 December 2012)

Judgment on application made by Council for declarations and orders pursuant to sections 15 and 16 Mental Capacity Act 2005 in relation to 57 year old man suffering from mental disorders.

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Re O (Residence) [2012] EWCA (5 December 2012)

Judge refused to alter relocation order after father offered to pay maintenance and arrears, thereby making mother's position in England more viable. Father appealed. Appeal dismissed.

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B v A [2012] EWHC 3127 (Fam) (10 December 2012)

Application by father for return of child to the United States, where the child was actually in Pakistan. The application was withdrawn, leaving the court to deal with the issue of costs.

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M (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1580 (22 October 2012)

Care proceedings. Appeal against finding that the child had suffered non-accidental injuries and that the parents were both possible perpetrators. Appeal allowed.

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VK v Croatia (Application No 38380/08) (27 November 2012)

Husband claimed breach of right to fair trial after divorce and paternity proceedings took over 5 years to conclude. The court found the husband's rights under Arts 6, 12 and 13 had been violated.

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Bridgend County Borough Council v W and Another [2012] EWHC 3118 (Fam) (3 October 2012)

Care proceedings involving issue of jurisdiction after parents fled to Spain to avoid child being taken into care at birth.

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Zuk v Zuk [2012] EWCA Civ 1871 (29 November 2012)

Appeal by husband against 9 month prison sentence for failure to comply with lump sum order. Appeal allowed.

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J (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1511 (7 November 2012)

Application by mother for permission to appeal against order for return of children to Spain. Application refused.

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O (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1576 (1 November 2012)

Directions hearing relating to method of ascertaining wishes and feelings of a child in connection with relocation appeal.

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Cattin v Cattin [2012] EWCA Civ 1562 (6 November 2012)

Application by wife for permission to appeal against refusal to stay English divorce petition, where she had issued proceedings in Brazil. Application refused.

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J (Habitual Residence), Re [2012] EWHC 3364 (Fam) (03 December 2012)

Applications made in respect of a child, in which the issue of jurisdiction arose, depending upon whether the child was habitually resident in England and Wales when the proceedings were issued. Held that she was.

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I (Habitual Residence), Re [2012] EWHC 3363 (Fam) (03 December 2012)

Applications made in respect of a child, in which the issue of jurisdiction arose, depending upon whether the child was habitually resident in England and Wales when the proceedings were issued. Held that he was.

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Alyami v Musallam [2012] EWCA (28 November 2012)

Wife ordered to pay £50,000 towards husband's costs of £500,000. Husband appealed. Appeal dismissed, on the basis that the husband's costs had been disproportionate to the issues at task.

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W v C [2012] EWHC (23 November 2012)

Wife's application to re-open consent order allowed, on the basis of non-disclosure by the husband.

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Re J-L (Findings of Fact: Schedule of Allegations) [2012] EWCA Civ 1832 (29 November 2012)

Allegations against mother in schedule unproven, but judge made other findings against mother. Appeal by mother allowed.

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