A Local Authority v X & Anor (Children) [2013] EWHC 3274 (Fam) (22 October 2013)

Care proceedings. Application by local authority for a declaration of non-recognition of the marriage of the mother.Application refused.

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London Borough of Barnet v M1 (aka M2) [2012] EWCC 5 (Fam) (08 March 2012)

Application for care and placement orders where the mother claimed a different identity and that therefore she was not subject to the proceedings. Care order made.

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Davies, Re [2013] EWHC 3294 (Fam) (25 October 2013)

Mother apparently removed child from jurisdiction without consent. Contempt proceedings in respect of three members of mother's family who refused to divulge her whereabouts after location order made.

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Pakhomova v Russia (Application no 22935/11) (24 October 2013)

Russian authorities held to be in breach of Art 8 for failing to take, without undue delay, all the measures that they could reasonably have been expected to take to enforce a custody judgment.

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Berger v Berger [2013] EWCA Civ 1305 (29 October 2013)

The appellant's husband had died in 2005 and probate was granted in 2006. This was an appeal against the refusal to give permission for the appellant to make an application for an order under section 2 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 where the appellant contended that the disposition effected by the deceased’s will shortly before he died was not such as to make reasonable financial provision for her.

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Re K (Contact Order: Posed Risk by Father) [2013] EWCA Civ (18 Oct 2013)

Appeal by father against dismissal of residence application and supervised contact order, where the judge had found that he posed a risk to the child. Appeal dismissed.

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Matthews v Matthews [2013] EWCA Civ (21 October 2013)

Appeal by wife against refusal to make a nominal maintenance order. Appeal dismissed.

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R (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1240 (6 September 2013)

Application by mother for permission to appeal against care and placement orders. Application granted in part.

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S (A Child), Re [2013] EWCA Civ 1254 (24 October 2013)

Residence proceedings. Appeal by step-father against findings of fact against him. Appeal dismissed.

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F (a child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1277 (23 October 2013)

Second appeal against the making of a placement order. Appeal allowed.

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A v D [2013] EWHC 2963 (Fam) (1 August 2013)

The mother, who was the victim of very serious domestic violence, sought an order revoking the father's parental responsibility. Held, the high threshold for terminating the father's parental responsibility had been met.

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Walsall MBC v KK & Anor [2013] EWHC 3192 (Fam) (07 October 2013)

Application in care proceedings for a transfer of the proceedings, and the children themselves, to Slovakia pursuant to the provisions of Article 15 BIIR. Application refused.

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A Local Authority v ED & Ors [2013] EWHC 3069 (CoP) (04 October 2013)

Proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act to determine the capacity of a woman in her 30s with a learning disability to make certain decision on her behalf.

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C (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1257 (18 October 2013)

Care proceedings. Appeal by maternal grandparent, who had applied for special guardianship, against care and placement orders. Appeal dismissed.

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W (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1177 (16 October 2013)

Judgment concerning two separate appeals against orders refusing parents leave to oppose the making of adoption orders in relation to their children. Both appeals allowed.

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Lancashire County Council v R [2013] EWHC 3064 (Fam) (11 October 2013)

Care proceedings. Judgment concerning issue of whether injuries to the child were accidental or caused by her father assaulting her.

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Mittal v Mittal [2013] EWCA Civ 1255 (18 October 2013)

Appeal by wife against order staying her divorce petition in favour of a petition issued by the husband in India. Appeal dismissed.

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AK and MK (Fact Finding : Physical Injuries), Re [2013] EWHC 3158 (Fam) (15 October 2013)

Fact finding hearing in care proceedings to establish the cause of injuries sustained by one of the children.

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MM (A Child : Long Term Fostering / Placement With Family Members : Wishes and Feelings), Re [2013] EWHC 2697 (Fam) (22 August 2013)

Care proceedings. Judgment considering whether the child should be placed in long term foster care or with members of his family.

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S-K (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1247 (22 July 2013)

F was appealing against residence and contact orders. The residence order, in favour of M in relation to where the children lived, was appealed on the basis that the older child had expressed a wish to live with him rather than M. The original contact order had given him contact with the children one weekend every 2 weeks but this was reduced to once a month. Permission to appeal was granted in respect of the amended contact order.

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Taylor v Taylor [2013] EWCA Civ 1241 (25 March 2013)

Financial provision case where the W complained that a second charge on the FMH in favour of the H's mother was not effective, and that throughout the proceedings the H had failed to make adequate disclosures and had concealed assets. The W was applying for permission to appeal various orders but her application was refused on the basis that there was no reasonable prospect of success.

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Re R (Committal) [2013] EWCA (10 October 2013)

Appeals by parents against committal orders for contempt for failure to deliver the child or to inform the tipstaff of his whereabouts. Appeals dismissed.

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Re M (Care Order: Findings Against Father) [2013] EWCA (4 October 2013)

Appeal by father against findings against in care proceedings. Appeal dismissed.

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M-T v T [2013] EWHC 2061 (Fam) (15 October 2013)

Judgement in proceedings arising from a dispute as to whether the parties had entered into a valid marriage in Nigeria.

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D - R (Children), Re [2013] EWCC 5 (Fam) (10 October 2013)

Application by local authority for care orders in respect of 6 children, where it had been found that one child had suffered a serious non-accidental injury but the perpetrator had not been identified.

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F v F [2013] EWHC 2683 (Fam) (05 September 2013)

Application by father for a declaration and a specific issue order that the children receive the MMR vaccination. declaration made.

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LCC v A & Ors (Minors By Their Children's Guardian) [2011] EWHC 4033 (Fam) (26 May 2011)

Application by a local authority to invoke the inherent jurisdiction seeking declarations regarding immunisation injections for children who are in their care. Declarations granted.

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TW v PL [2013] EWHC 3078 (Fam) (21 August 2013)

Judgment confirming agreement reached settling Schedule 1 claim was binding notwithstanding that the mother had breached a term that was intended to be included as an undertaking.

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W (A Child) v Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 1227 (11 October 2013)

Appeal by mother against care order made on the basis of a care plan with which the judge did not agree and where the order was opposed by both the local authority and mother.Appeal allowed.

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M-D (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1219 (21 August 2013)

F's application to appeal against a fact-finding judgment, in the context of an application for contact between F and the child, where the judge found that he had inappropriately touched his daughter. Application refused.

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Matthews v Matthews [2013] EWCA Civ 1211 (20 August 2013)

Application to appeal various orders in financial remedy proceedings. The W's application to appeal one decision, namely that the judge failed to make an order of nominal spousal maintenance for a limited period in her favour, was allowed. The other grounds were dismissed.

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D (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1217 (6 September 2013)

Application by the F to stay a judge's order that the child lives with the M, in circumstances where the local authority's psychiatric assessment of the M was said not to be as comprehensive as it should be. Application granted.

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O v O [2013] EWHC 2970 (Fam) (21 August 2013)

Applications by the mother for the return of the child to the USA. Return order made.

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TB v DB [2013] EWHC 2075 (Fam) (25 April 2013)

Fact-finding hearing in residence proceedings, dealing with allegations made against the father by the mother.

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AW (A Child: Application to Revoke Placement Order: Leave to Oppose Adoption) [2013] EWHC 2967 (Fam) (16 August 2013)

Application by local authority to revoke placement order, and application by parents for leave to oppose the adoption.

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MJ and JM v The Public Guardian [2013] EWHC 2966 (COP) (22 April 2013)

Application by deputies of person lacking capacity for the retrospective approval of a number of gifts they made from that person's funds.

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The Public Guardian v C [2013] EWHC 2965 (COP) (22 January 2013)

Application by the Public Guardian for the court to revoke a Lasting Power of Attorney ('LPA') and to direct him to cancel the registration of the LPA.

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Button v Salama [2013] EWHC 2474 (Fam) (02 July 2013)

Application by a mother to commit the father of their child to prison for contempt of court in relation to the breach of an order requiring him to return the child to England and Wales.

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M (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1181 (9 July 2013)

Appeal in respect of a fact finding hearing where the F, who had been found to have abused his daughter, complained that the judgment was deficient.

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M (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1170 (04 October 2013)

Appeal by Children's Guardian against refusal of first instance judge in residence proceedings to make findings against the intervener in relation to alleged incidents of abuse. Appeal dismissed.

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A Local Authority v TZ [2013] EWHC 2322 (COP) (31 July 2013)

Judgment in proceedings brought in the Court of Protection as to whether a 24-year-old man has the capacity to consent to sexual relations.

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Button v Salama [2013] EWHC 2972 (Fam) (27 September 2013)

Application by a mother to commit the father of their child to prison for contempt of court in relation to the breach of an order requiring him to return the child to England and Wales.

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S (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1073 (20 August 2013)

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

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ET v TZ [2013] EWHC 2621 (Fam) (06 August 2013)

Applications by mother for return of child to Poland and for a declaration of enforcement of a Polish residence order.

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H (Father) v B (Mother) [2013] EWHC 2950 (Fam) (23 September 2013)

Wardship application by father where the children had been resident in Bangladesh for five years and there were already proceedings there. Held, jurisdiction had not been established.

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Wilmot v Wilmot [2013] EWCA Civ 1160 (25 July 2013)

A final order in ancillary relief proceedings was made in 2001, then set aside in 2005 after H's successful appeal, before being reinstated in 2006. A consent order was made in 2007. H applied to have the consent order set aside on the grounds of fraud, to reinstate his appeal against the original 2001 order and to pursue that appeal. Application refused.

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