A Local Authority v G (Parent with Learning Disability) [2017] EWFC B94 (18 December 2017)

Proceedings concerning 3 children, where the primary issue was whether the 2 youngest children could safely be returned to their parents under either a child arrangements order with a supervision order or under a care order, or whether their welfare required that they be placed outside the family for adoption.

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B, Re [2017] EWFC B93 (06 November 2017)

Application for a declaration that it is lawful for the local authority to deprive child subject to interim care order of his liberty in order to prevent him causing harm to himself or others.

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L v F [2017] EWCA Civ 2121 (20 December 2017)

Appeal by father against decision allowing an appeal by mother against refusal of her application to relocate with child to Italy. Appeal allowed.

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F v L [2017] EWHC 1377 (Fam) (09 June 2017)

Appeal from a decision refusing an application by mother to relocate to Italy with her son aged five, and a child arrangements order. Appeal allowed.

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L-S (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 2177 (20 December 2017)

Appeal by mother against order requiring the return of the child to the United States. Appeal allowed.

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Lewis v Warner [2017] EWCA Civ 2182 (19 December 2017)

Appeal by the daughter against an order that the property of her deceased mother's estate be transferred to the surviving unmarried partner for full value (or possibly more than full value), such transfer being regarded as “reasonable financial provision” for the partner’s “maintenance” within the meaning of those terms in subsections 1(1) and 1(2)(b) and sections 2 and 3 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. The appeal was dismissed.

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AI and AJ, Re Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008 [2017] EWHC 3351 (Fam) (20 December 2017)

Two further cases in which partner of mother of child born as a result of IVF treatment seeks a declaration that they are the child's legal parent, following administrative failure by clinic providing treatment.

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L (Children), Re [2017] EWCA Civ 2173 (20 December 2017)

Application by mother for permission to appeal order refusing her permission to oppose adoption applications in respect of the children. Application refused.

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M (Children), Re [2017] EWCA Civ 2164 (20 December 2017)

Appeal by transgender father of children belonging to Charedi Jewish community against order dismissing his application for direct contact with the children. Appeal allowed.

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F v H & Anor [2017] EWHC 3358 (Fam) (19 December 2017)

Appeal by father against contact order in favour of mother after a break of almost 2 years, following the child's abduction to Israel by the mother. Appeal allowed.

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Whittingham v Whittingham [2017] EWHC 3318 (Fam) (06 November 2017)

Application by husband for permission to appeal against an interim order refusing to discharge a receiver appointed in enforcement proceedings. Permission refused.

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Z (A Child : Production Orders) [2017] EWFC B92 (06 July 2017)

Care proceedings in relation to a young child whose mother was serving a prison sentence. Production order wrongly drafted.

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Lancashire County Council v C (injured baby; adoption) [2017] EWFC B91 (17 November 2017)

Final hearing of the local authority's application for care and placement orders in relation to a child who had suffered multiple fractures.

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B and C (Change of Names: Parental Responsibility: Evidence) [2017] EWHC 3250 (Fam) (12 December 2017)

Proceedings concerning 2 children, whose father is believed to be living in Iran.
Application by mother, who fears father may attempt to remove the children to Iran, for leave to change their names and restrict father's parental responsibility.

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HC v FW [2017] EWHC 3162 (Fam) (29 November 2017)

Financial remedies claim by wife, in which the issues included her capacity to litigate and the wealth of the couple was pre-acquired and/or inherited by the husband.

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W - C (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 250 (28 February 2017)

Appeal by guardian against order authorising local authority to place child for adoption, as against long-term fostering. Appeal allowed.

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MB v Surrey County Council [2017] EWCOP B27 (16 October 2017)

Hearing concerning issue of whether a man had capacity to make decisions about his residence and future care.

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M (A Child; Welfare Hearing) [2017] EWFC B89 (24 November 2017)

Care proceedings concerning 18 month old girl. Welfare hearing following finding that her father had caused her to suffer an acute life-threatening episode which necessitated her urgent admission to hospital.

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S v S [2017] EWHC 3184 (Fam) (12 July 2017)

Judgment in proceedings arising from the mother's removal of the child from Iran.

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AB v CD (Jurisdiction Global Maintenance Orders) [2017] EWHC 3164 (Fam) (06 December 2017)

Appeal by husband against financial remedies order considering, inter alia, whether the court had jurisdiction to make a global maintenance order for the benefit of the wife and the children.

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HRS Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Prince of Bourbon-Parma v HRH Tessy Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma & Anor [2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam) (05 December 2017)

Application to vary reporting restriction order in ongoing financial remedy proceedings.

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A Local Authority v M, F, & A [2017 EWFC B88 (11 October 2017)

Care proceedings in relation to a seven year old child whose mother suffers from mental health difficulties which, it is said, prevent her from providing safe, secure and consistent parenting.

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D & Ors (Children), Re [2017] EWFC B87 (06 April 2017)

Care and placement proceedings in respect of three children, including consideration of the circumstances of the death of a sibling, who drowned whilst on a family outing to a water park.

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Strand Lobben and Others v Norway (Application no. 37283/13) (European Court of Human Rights, 30 November 2017)

Public law children – Care proceedings – Termination of parental responsibility – Whether there had been a breach of Art 8, European Convention. The European Court of Human Rights found that there had been no violation of Art 8 during care proceedings.

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D (A Child), Re [2017] EWHC 3075 (Fam) (29 November 2017)

Re-hearing of fact-finding in relation to the cause of injuries to a child then aged four months. Held that the injuries were non-accidental in origin and are likely to have been inflicted by the father in a momentary loss of self-control.

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PP, Re [2017] EWCOP 29 (16 March 2017)

Judgment on costs in application for revocation of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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PP, Re [2016] EWCOP 65 (13 September 2016)

Application concerning the revocation of Lasting Powers of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs and for Health and Welfare given by a woman now aged 78 and suffering from dementia.

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PP, Re [2015] EWCOP 93 (15 May 2015)

Application by son in law of 78 year old woman with dementia for retrospective ratification of gifts out of her funds.

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PW & Ors v Luton Borough Council [2017] EWHC 3028 (Fam) (06 September 2017)

Judgment concerning issue of whether costs were increased by the Legal Aid Agency failing to state whether the statutory charge relating to the costs of care proceedings will apply to the recovery of damages in claim arising from those proceedings.

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HK (Serious Medical Treatment) (No.3) [2017] EWHC 2991 (Fam) (07 July 2017)

Further judgment in proceedings concerning medical treatment for a 14-week-old baby who suffered catastrophic brain damage.

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HK (Serious Medical Treatment) (No.2) [2017] EWHC 2581 (Fam) (03 July 2017)

Judgment in proceedings concerning medical treatment for a 14-week-old baby who suffered catastrophic brain damage.

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T (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1889 (23 November 2017)

Appeal concerning the extent to which a family court may exercise its jurisdiction to grant a non-molestation injunction under FLA 1996 to protect a child who is the subject of a care order.

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NA (A Child), Re [2017] EWHC 2902 (Fam) (03 October 2017)

Application by mother for permission to appeal against an order that child should continue to live with her father. Permission refused.

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NB, Re [2017] EWCOP 16 (09 June 2017)

Application to change living arrangements of 23 year old woman with autistic spectrum disorder.

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NB, Re [2015] EWCOP 92 (2 October 2015)

Application by local authority for permission to remove 22 year old woman with autistic spectrum disorder from her family home.

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DO & BO (Temprorary Relocation to China), Re [2017] EWHC 858 (Fam) (12 April 2017)

Application by mother for permission to take children to China for a holiday. Permission refused.

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B (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 1635 (23 August 2017)

Care proceedings. Appeal by local authority against the making of an interim child arrangement order for one child, placing her in the care of her paternal grandmother, under an interim supervision order. Appeal allowed.

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The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff -v- Scully-Hicks & Ors [2016] EWFC 79 (16 December 2016)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings, relating to the death of the child's sibling.

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W (Children), Re SW (No 2) [2017] EWFC 74 (20 November 2017)

Claim for damages by social worker relating to criticism of them by judge in the course of care proceedings. Application for permission to disclose documents relating to the proceedings.

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X (A child : care order) [2017] EWFC B84 (13 October 2017)

Care proceedings in respect of a 'toddler'. Care order made and child placed with an extended family member and her husband.

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X (A child : care order) [2017] EWFC B83 (13 October 2017)

Care and placement proceedings in relation to a five month old child.

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S -v- S (Application to Prevent Solicitor Acting) [2017] EWHC 2660 (Fam) (24 October 2017)

Application by husband for an order that the wife's solicitor be debarred from acting for her in divorce proceedings, on the basis of a conflict of interest.

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Radseresht v Radseresht-Spain [2017] EWHC 2932 (Fam) (13 October 2017)

Application by husband for, inter alia, declaration recognising divorce granted in Dubai.

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H (A Child : Surrogacy Breakdown) [2017] EWCA Civ 1798 (17 November 2017)

Appeal by surrogate mother and her husband against orders made following the breakdown of an intended surrogacy arrangement. Appeal dismissed.

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R (A Child : whether to revoke Placement Order) [2017] EWHC 2924 (Fam) (09 November 2017)

Application by mother for permission to revoke placement order.

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K (A Child : Care Order) [2017] EWFC 71 (26 July 2017)

Care proceedings concerning two children who were believed to have entered this country illegally.

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D, E, F and G (Children : Art 15 - transfer of the proceedings) (Rev 1) [2017] EWHC 3078 (Fam) (19 September 2017)

Care proceedings in relation to 4 children whose parents are Romanian nationals of Roma heritage.  Application for a transfer of the proceedings to Romania.

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Re X (A Child) (Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order) (Restrictions on Travel) [2017] EWHC 2898 (Fam) (15 November 2017)

Case involving concerns over about the possibility of a 14 month old child suffering female genital mutilation should she be taken to Egypt.

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His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor (Deceased), Re [2017] EWHC 2887 (Fam) (15 November 2017)

Application by Librarian and Assistant Keeper of the Queen's Archives for a copy of the will of the Duke of Windsor.

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University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust v JT [2017] EWCOP 25 (12 October 2017)

Application by NHS relating to treatment of breast cancer for a woman lacking capacity.

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The London Borough of Merton v SB & Ors [2017] EWFC B81 (20 April 2017)

Application by mother within care proceedings to make a request of the court in Slovakia to assume jurisdiction for the proceedings.

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Shand, (A Child), Re London Borough of Barking & Dagenham v Richards [2017] EWHC 2863 (Fam) (08 November 2017)

Application by local authority for committal of child's grandmother for alleged breach of collection order. Application dismissed for procedural irregularities.

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NAA (a child: findings on death of parents: convenient forum) [2017] EWFC B76 (07 November 2017)

Judgment in care proceedings in which the child's parents were both dead, including consideration of issue of jurisdiction.

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Richardson-Ruhan v Ruhan [2017] EWHC 2739 (Fam) (09 November 2017)

Judgment in complex financial remedy proceedings, dealing with findings of fact, i.e. computation, rather than distribution.

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Hayes v Hayes [2017] EWHC 2806 (Ch) (18 October 2017)

Appeal by ex-wife against dismissal of application to set aside statutory demand in respect of various debts pursuant to a number of court orders in proceedings between her and her former husband. Appeal dismissed.

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Grasso v Naik (twenty-one irregular divorces) [2017] EWHC 2789 (Fam) (08 November 2017)

Applications by the Queen's Proctor to dismiss 21 divorce and also, in several of the cases, to set aside decrees obtained, in consequence of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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ABC (A child), Re [2017] EWFC B75 (30 October 2017)

Special guardianship order made in favour of grandmother, who was dissatisfied with the way she had been treated by LA, and wished to make her story known. Judgment dealing with issue of whether LA should be named.

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MA v RA [2017] EWHC 2744 (Fam) (27 October 2017)

Application by father for return of child to America, where mother may have defence, but second child resides with father and mother will have to return to America to resolve position.

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C (long-term foster care or adoption), Re [2017] EWFC B74 (13 October 2017)

Local authority's application for a placement order in respect of a six year old child.

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N v J (Power to Set Aside Return Order) [2017] EWHC 2752 (Fam) (03 November 2017)

Application by mother to set aside order requiring her to return children from the USA.

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ES v OS [2017] EWHC 2735 (Fam) (31 October 2017)

Application by father for return of children to Lithuania. Application adjourned for father to attend, he having on a previous occasion failed to keep a promise not to take the children from the mother upon her return.

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S (Child As Parent: Adoption : Consent) [2017] EWHC 2729 (Fam) (02 November 2017)

Adoption of child of 14 year old mother, raising issue of whether the mother was competent to consent to the adoption.

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Akyuz v Akyuz & Anor [2017] EWHC 2726 (Fam) (25 October 2017)

Application by woman of Turkish heritage for a declaration of parentage, essentially to establish whether a man who died in Turkey in 2016 was her genetic or biological father.

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D (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1695 (31 October 2017)

Appeal in proceedings concerning issue of deprivation of liberty of 16 year old placed in a residential unit.

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M, Re Mental Capacity Act 2005 [2017] EWCOP 24 (31 May 2017)

Judgment in proceedings concerning the welfare of an incapacitated person, dealing with various claims made by his parents.

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J (A Minor : Revocation of Adoption Order) [2017] EWHC 2704 (Fam) (30 October 2017)

Judgment revoking adoption order, in case in which there was "a complete absence of due process and a wholesale abandonment of correct procedure and guidance".

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LG (Re-opening of Fact-finding), Re [2017] EWHC 2626 (Fam) (03 October 2017)

Appeal by mother in private law proceedings against refusal of application for the reopening of findings made by magistrates earlier in the proceedings. Appeal allowed.

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Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust v Mrs P & Anor [2017] EWCOP 23 (30 October 2017)

Application to declare the best interests of a 72 year old woman who, following a fall in December 2016, now lacks the mental capacity to communicate her own wishes and feelings in respect of life sustaining medical treatment.

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Hannah (relinquished child and declaratory relief) [2017] EWFC B73 (06 February 2017)

Application by local authority for declaratory relief in relation to child relinquished by mother for adoption, where mother had not identified the child's father.

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Nottingham City Council v JT [2017] EWCOP 21 (12 October 2017)

Application by NHS Trust in relation to surgery to treat breast cancer on a 66 year old woman with paranoid schizophrenia.

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PL v Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group & Anor [2017] EWCOP 22 (11 September 2017)

Application by son of 79 year old incapacitated woman for declaration that it is not in her best interests that CANH should be continued.

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GP (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1677 (30 October 2017)

Appeal by mother against order that child should be returned to Italy, following her wrongful abduction. Appeal allowed.

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Wilmot v Maughan [2017] EWCA Civ 1668 (27 October 2017)

Appeal by husband against dismissal of his deemed application to set aside all orders made in financial remedy proceedings since 2010 on the basis that service of orders and documents on him by email were invalid. Appeal dismissed.

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ZS v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and SN (CSM) (Child support - tribunal practice) [2017] UKUT 402 (AAC) (9 October 2017)

Assets variation - whether the tribunal erred in excluding an asset on the ground that it was the non-resident parent's home - whether tribunal failed to make a determination as to the "principal home" where it found that the non-resident parent had two homes - whether the tribunal properly addressed the evidence, made adequate findings of fact and gave adequate reasons.

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KW v Secretary of Setate for Work and Pensions and KE (CSM) (Child support - variation/departure directions: diversion of income) [2017] UKUT 400 (AAC) (5 October 2017)

Injury benefit paid to former police officers is a pension within paragraph 15 of the Schedule to the Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations 2000.

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Alireza v Radwan & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 1545 (12 October 2017)

Appeal by W against financial remedies order, considering whether the judge was right to regard her future inheritance from her father as a resource that she was likely to have in the foreseeable future; and whether she had been wrong in making an order granting W an occupational interest in the former matrimonial home rather than ordering H to pay a lump sum to W sufficient to enable her to buy a property of her own.

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Kent County Council v A,B,C and D (children) (Weight to be attached to evidence of child after flawed ABE interviews) [2017] EWFC B72 (01 March 2017)

Care proceedings concerning 4 children, in which the police had failed to observe ABE guidelines whilst interviewing one of the children.

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The Hospital Trust v V & Ors [2017] EWCOP 20 (20 October 2017)

Application by hospital trust for a declaration that it is in the best interests of a 21 year old woman with a severe learning disability to be provided with contraception.

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The Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames v SK (A Child) & Ors [2017] EWHC 2636 (Fam) (31 January 2017)

Application by local authority for, inter alia, a special guardianship order in respect of a child of unknown age and parentage.

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A Local Authority v Y [2017] EWFC 69 (14 March 2017)

Application by local authority for directions on the need to give a father without parental responsibility notice of the intention to place a child for adoption.

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MQ v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and SQ (CS) (Child support - tribunal practice) [2017] UKUT 392 (AAC) (2 October 2017)

Child support - liberty to apply (LTA) application wrongly refused by FTT but no further appeal - whether Secretary of State can issue new revised or 'corrected' decision which is contrary to FTT's incorrect LTA ruling - whether LTA ruling correctly set aside by a different FTT for procedural irregularity - composition of FTT on LTA application where original panel included accountant member - whether PWC denied appeal rights.

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CL v AL [2017] EWHC 32 (Fam) (24 August 2017)

Further judgment in proceedings concerning whether two children should live with the father in this country or with the mother in Australia dealing, inter alia, with issue of fresh evidence.

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CL v AL [2017] EWHC 2154 (Fam) (11 August 2017)

Judgment concerning issue of whether two children should live with the father in this country or with the mother in Australia.

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B (A Child), Re [2017] EWCA Civ 1579 (18 October 2017)

Appeal by father against order allowing publication of judgment in relation to his contact application, in case where he had covertly recorded conversations he had had with a social worker, a Cafcass officer and a solicitor.

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Pickard & Anor v Constable [2017] EWHC 2475 (Ch) (06 October 2017)

Appeal by the trustee in bankruptcy against an order that the sale of the matrimonial home be delayed until the death or earlier permanent vacation of the property by the husband. The appeal was allowed and order for sale was made for 12 months time with permission for the husband to apply for a further postponement.

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Mazhar v The Lord Chancellor [2017] EWHC 2536 (Fam) (12 October

HRA claim in relation to an order authorising the removal of the claimant to a hospital for medical treatment.

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R v R & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 1588 (17 October 2017)

Appeal by husband against dismissal of application to extend reporting restrictions order made in proceedings under Part III MFPA 1984. Appeal dismissed.

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Lancashire CC v Z (Parental Hostility) [2017] EWFC B71 (24 August 2017)

Care proceedings concerning 2 children. Fact-finding hearing to determine the truth of allegations made by each of the parents.

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Lancashire Couny Council v Y (Domestic Violence; Adoption) [2017] EWFC B70 (23 June 2017)

Application for care and placement orders in respect of child born in late 2016, where the major issue was whether the father's behaviour prevented placement with the mother.

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FE v MR & Ors [2017] EWHC 2298 (Fam) (14 September 2017)

Judgment dealing with issue of whether the court should submit a request to the courts of Spain for the transfer of proceedings concerning two children.

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DP v PC [2017] EWHC 2387 (Fam) (01 September 2017)

Appeal by father against summary dismissal of contact application. Appeal allowed.

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ES (And Related Children) [2017] EWFC B69 (08 April 2017)

Care proceedings concerning 3 children. Fact-finding hearing regarding the mother’s care of two of the children.

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P & Ors (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) (No 2) [2017] EWHC 2532 (Fam) (13 October 2017)

Further judgment in cases where there had been administrative failures by clinic providing IVF treatment, concerning the need for the failures to be resolved by obtaining an order of the court.

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E-R (Child Arrangements Order No.2 : Costs) [2017] EWHC 2535 (Fam) (12 October 2017)

Judgment dealing with issue of costs following the making of a child arrangements order.

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L-S (Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1551 (12 October 2017)

Application by mother for permission to appeal against decisions made in 2016 concerning arrangements for a 12 year old child, focusing on whether the judge was wrong to refuse to re-open his original findings in the light of new material.

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Northumberland County Council v S (Mother) & Ors [2017] EWHC 2432 (Fam) (23 June 2017)

Application by local authority for permission to invoke the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court in relation to a 14 year old boy in care, in order to place him at a residential school in Scotland.

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S v S (Relocation) [2017] EWHC 2345 (Fam) (14 September 2017)

Application by father to remove his two sons, to live with him in Switzerland. Application granted, but father and lawyers for children criticised by judge.

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H (A Child : Hair Strand Testing) [2017] EWFC 64 (29 September 2017)

Judgment in care proceedings considering the science of hair-strand testing for cocaine, and the way in which expert reports on the test results are presented.

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Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2017] EWHC 2451 (Fam) (30 August 2017)

Adjourned hearing of application by mother for father's committal to prison for breaches of orders made in connection with the retention of the parties' children in Nigeria.

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A Child (no approved secure accommodation available; deprivation of liberty) [2017] EWHC 2458 (Fam) (14 September 2017)

Judgment in proceedings concerning the accommodation of a 13 year old boy with a history of seriously uncontrolled behaviour.

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Zimina v Zimin [2017] EWCA Civ 1429 (05 October 2017)

Appeal against lump sum order made under Part III MFPA 1984, where a foreign order had already been made. Appeal allowed.

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Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2017] EWHC 2336 (Fam) (19 September 2017)

Application by mother for father's committal to prison for breaches of orders made in connection with the retention of the parties' children in Nigeria.

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Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust v YZ & Ors [2017] EWHC 2211 (Fam) (27 July 2017)

Application by NHS Trust for an order declaring, inter alia, that it was in the best interests of a 14 year old child to receive as a matter of urgency treatment for a suspected overdose of paracetamol.

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ES (A Child), Re [2017] EWFC B67 (28 April 2017)

Care proceedings concerning three children. Fact-finding hearing regarding the mother's care of  two of the children.

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M v G [2017] EWHC 1712 (Fam) (22 June 2017)

Application by father for summary return of children to Romania. Return ordered.

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets v H & Anor [2017] EWFC B65 (14 September 2017)

Judgment in proceedings in which the parents sought to discharge a care order in respect of a child who had already been placed for adoption, the parents claiming not to have received notice of the placement.

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E-R (Child Arrangements)(No.2) [2017] EWHC 2382 (Fam) (11 September 2017)

Judgment varying terms of child arrangements order providing for the child to live with family friends, following the death of the mother.

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CH v WH [2017] EWHC 2379 (Fam) (28 September 2017)

Judgment concerning the power of the court to order an indemnity, in respect of liability under a mortgage.

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SCC v MSA & Anor [2017] EWCOP 18 (20 September 2017)

Hearing dealing with issue of whether patient's mother should act as his Rule 3A representative, given that she is the person responsible for implementing restrictive care arrangements that constitute a deprivation of liberty.

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Kent County Council v Z (Family Assistance Order or Supervision Order) [2017] EWFC B63 (18 July 2017)

Final hearing of public law proceedings concerning two children, the issue being whether there should be a supervision order or a family assistance order.

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LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends : breach of court orders) [2017] EWFC B62 (18 August 2017)

Final hearing of wife's application for financial remedies, including explanation of refusal of application for rights of audience by McKenzie friend for husband.

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M v A Hospital [2017] EWCOP 19 (20 September 2017)

Application, in effect, for the court to determine that it would be in best interests of a woman suffering from Huntington's disease not to continue to receive clinically assisted nutrition and hydration, with the consequence that she would die.

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D, Re (Medical Treatment) [2017] EWCOP 15 (05 September 2017)

Application by mother of 27 year old man lacking capacity for a declaration and order that it is in his best interests to receive stem cell treatment for his brain injury at a clinic in Belgrade in Serbia.

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M (Lack of Secure Accommodation), Re [2017] EWFC B61 (13 September 2017)

Care proceedings concerning a 15 year old boy who had been involved in a range of criminal activities, and for whom a secure placement could not be found.

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FE v YE [2017] EWHC 2165 (Fam) (25 August 2017)

Application by father for summary return of children to Israel, where mother was seeking asylum for herself and children.

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Re J (Care Proceedings: Apportionment of Experts' Fees) [2017] EWFC (8 August 2017)

Costs – Care proceedings – Experts’ fees – Apportionment of cost. The court ordered that the cost of expert reports should be apportioned equally between the local authority and the guardian.

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Hart v Hart [2017] EWCA 1306 Civ (31 August 2017)

Appeal by wife against financial award, concerns the approach which the court should take to non-matrimonial property, in this case pre-acquired assets.

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A, B, C, D and E (Children : Care Plans) [2017] EWFC B56 (24 August 2017)

Care proceedings in relation to five children, in case where the parents have a long-standing history of drug abuse.

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Elatawna v Elatawna and the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 2165 (Fam) (25 August 2017)

Abduction – Immigration – Hague Convention application – Pending asylum appeal – Whether a return order could be made. The return order was stayed until 15 days after the determination of the mother’s asylum appeal.

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Lancashire County Council v A (Adoption) [2017] EWFC B55 (08 August 2017)

Final hearing of application for care and placement orders in relation to 6 children, the real issue being whether the youngest child should be placed for adoption.

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The Public Guardian v Matrix Deputies Ltd & Anor [2017] EWCOP 14 (19 July 2017)

Applications by public guardian for discharge of appointments of property and affairs deputies for 44 individuals.

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S (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 249 (24 February 2017)

Appeal by mother against care and placement orders in relation to 16 month old child. Appeal dismissed.

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M v F & SM (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) [2017] EWHC 2176 (Fam) (23 August 2017)

Application for parental order in relation to child born as a result of a gestational surrogacy arrangement between the applicant and her former partner, where the child was born to a surrogate mother. Wardship continued until law changed to permit applications for parental orders by a single applicant.

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Wolverhampton City Council v JA & Ors [2017] EWFC 62 (18 August 2017)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings relating to two children aged 13 and 12.

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CH v A Metropolitan Council [2017] EWCOP 12 (28 July 2017)

Application on behalf of claimant for approval of a proposed settlement of his claim for damages against Local Authority pursuant to HRA 1998.

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W (Children) [2017] EWFC 61 (17 August 2017)

Judgment in connection with claim for damages by social worker relating to identification of judge who had criticised them in the course of care proceedings.

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X (A Child) (No 5) [2017] EWHC 2141 (Fam) (17 August 2017)

Further judgment in care proceedings concerning a 17 year old girl who has made determined attempts to commit suicide on a large number of occasions.

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X, R v [2016] EWFC 75 (08 November 2016)

Application for an adoption order in respect of a 10 year old girl who was found abandoned outside a temple in Delhi in June 2008.

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Gaspar v Zaleski & Ors [2017] EWHC 1770 (Ch) (12 July 2017)

Wife was seeking a declaration that she was part owner of a property and an order for sale pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 so that she could realise her interest.

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G (Children) (Habitual Resident), Re [2017] EWHC 2111 (Fam) (19 June 2017)

Judgment concerning issue of whether the court has jurisdiction in relation to proceedings issued by the mother under the inherent jurisdiction concerning two children currently staying in Abu Dhabi.

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R v P [2017] EWHC 1804 (Fam) (03 March 2017)

Application by father for summary return of child to Lithuania. Application dismissed.

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B (Foreign Surrogacy), Re [2016] EWFC 77 (29 September 2016)

Application for a parental order in respect of a six year old girl born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement in India.

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K (Children : injuries) [2016] EWFC B120 (01 November 2016)

Care proceedings concerning two children. Judgment holding that the injuries suffered by one child were not inflicted.

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Medway Council v MI & Ors [2017] EWFC 59 (03 February 2017)

Welfare hearing in care proceedings concerning five children brought into the country by the mother of three of them, who was seeking asylum for herself and the children.

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Medway Council v MI & Ors [2016] EWFC 74 (04 August 2016)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings concerning five children brought into the country by the mother of three of them, who was seeking asylum for herself and the children.

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Kent CC v C & Ors [2016] EWFC 73 (28 July 2016)

Care proceedings concerning two children brought to this country from Slovakia by their mother. Judgment considering procedure involved in returning them to Slovakia.

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Kent CC v C & Ors [2016] EWFC 72 (25 May 2016)

Care proceedings concerning two children brought to this country from Slovakia by their mother.

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S (Children), Re [2017] EWFC B20 (15 December 2016)

Long-running care proceedings concerning two children, in which the principle issue was whether the children should remain in local authority foster care but placed separately, or whether they should be placed together in the care of their father.

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Five children, Re [2017] EWFC B52 (14 July 2017)

Applications for care and placement orders in respect of five children.

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Borg v El-Zubaidy [2017] EWFC 58 (10 August 2017)

Application by mother for committal of father for breach of various provisions of orders made in proceedings in which the father took the children to Libya, and has failed to return them.

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Joy-Morancho v Joy (Dismissal of Variation Application) [2017] EWHC 2086 (Fam) (11 August 2017)

Judgment dismissing husband's application for downward variation of spousal maintenance order.

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A Local Authority v A Mother & Ors [2017] EWFC B52 (08 August 2017)

Care proceedings concerning 4 year old boy, in which the issue was whether he should remain living with his grandfather, or move under a care order to live with identified agency foster carers.

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AK, Re Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 [2017] EWHC 1154 (Fam) (28 July 2017)

Further case in which partner of mother of child born as a result of IVF treatment seeks a declaration that they are the child's legal parent, following administrative failure by clinic providing treatment.

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S v S [2017] EWHC 1298 (Fam) (28 May 2017)

Interim judgment in application by father for return of child to Iran, dealing with issue of expert evidence as to Iranian law and practice.

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K and P (Children : Discharge of care order) [2017] EWFC B51 (23 March 2017)

Application by local authority for discharge of care order in respect of two children.

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M (Care Proceedings: Finding of Fact Hearing: Fractures) [2017] EWFC B50 (14 July 2017)

Care proceedings concerning two children. Fact-finding hearing to ascertain cause of multiple fractures suffered by one of the children.

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J (A Child : Care Proceedings : Apportionment of Experts' fees) [2017] EWFC B49 (3 August 2017)

Care proceedings involving possible non-accidental injuries to child. Judgment concerning how medical experts' fees should be apportioned between the parties.

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X (A Child) (No 4) [2017] EWHC 2084 (Fam) (07 August 2017)

Further judgment in care proceedings concerning a 17 year old girl who has made determined attempts to commit suicide on a large number of occasions.

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L & Ors (Children : care proceedings) [2017] EWHC 2081 (Fam) (05 May 2017)

Hearing in care proceedings concerning four children of mixed Latvian/Lithuanian heritage.

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Green v Adams [2017] EWFC 52 (03 August 2017)

Applications arising from order requiring the father to pay a lump sum to the mother, under Schedule 1 CA 1989.

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ER (A Child) Re (No 2) [2017] EWHC 2033 (Fam) (01 August 2017)

Application by father for permission to appeal against various orders made in proceedings concerning the father's 6 year old daughter. Permission refused.

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AM v DF [2017] EWHC 2034 (Fam) (01 August 2017)

Appeal by father against order allowing mother to take children to Iraq for four weeks. Appeal allowed.

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X (A Child) (No 3) [2017] EWHC 2036 (Fam) (03 August 2017)

Further judgment in care proceedings concerning a 17 year old girl who has made determined attempts to commit suicide on a large number of occasions.

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W (A Child : care proceedings) [2017] EWFC B48 (11 May 2017)

Final hearing of care proceedings concerning 15 month old child, in which hair strand testing for drugs gave conflicting results.

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DM v Y City Council [2017] EWCOP 13 (15 June 2017)

Proceedings concerning issue of whether an incapacitous man who is an abstinent alcoholic, should continue to reside and be cared for at a care home which forbids alcohol, or whether he should be moved, as he wishes to be, to a home which does allow the consumption of alcohol.

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DB (A Minor), Re [2017] EWFC 45 (25 July 2017)

Application by parents for permission to oppose adoption application in respect of their 4 year old son. Permission refused.

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K (A Child) [2017] EWHC 2017 (Fam) (09 June 2017)

Cross-applications by parents relating to various issues concerning their 6 year old child.

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Gloucestershire County Council v A Mother & Ors (discharge of care order) [2017] EWFC B47 (27 July 2017)

Application by mother for discharge of care order, in case in which the child was wrongly removed from the mother's care.

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TG (A Child : location order and disclosure orders) [2017] EWHC 514 (Fam) (15 February 2017)

Application by father for return of child to Ireland, Application refused.

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Southend Borough Council v CO & Anor [2017] EWHC 1949 (Fam) (28 July 2017)

Application by local authority for an injunction preventing the parents of children subject to care orders from publishing information about the proceedings.

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JS v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and another (CSM) (Child support - maintenance assessments/calculations) [2017] UKUT 296 (AAC) (13 July 2017)

Appeal by father against maintenance assessment, on the basis that he shared care of the child equally with the mother, and should not therefore be treated as a non-resident parent.

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A (A Child : Adoption) [2017] EWFC B46 (9 May 2017)

Care and placement proceedings in relation to an 8 month old child.

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P and O (Child Abduction: Anticipatory Breach) [2016] EWHC 3535 (Fam) (10 November 2016)

Application by father for summary return of children to Australia, including consideration of whether it is possible for an anticipatory breach of an agreement to amount to a wrongful retention.

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Amin v Amin [2017] EWCA Civ 1114 (25 July 2017)

Appeal by husband against order made pursuant to Part III MFPA 1984. Appeal dismissed.

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D (Appeal : Failure of Case Management) [2017] EWHC 1907 (Fam) (24 July 2017)

Appeal by mother in proceedings relating to contact, against decision that allegedly abusive father could cross-examine the mother. Appeal allowed.

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J (Child Refugees) [2017] EWFC 44 (23 January 2017)

Application for care orders in respect of two child refugees.

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BC v EF (No.2) (Parental Responsibility : Immunisation) [2017] EWFC 49 (21 April 2017)

Further hearing in case concerning immunisation of children, the father having a change of mind following an order that immunisation take place.

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L (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 1137 (27 July 2017)

Appeal against care orders in relation to two children. Appeal dismissed.

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Tobias v Tobias [2017] EWFC 46 (29 June 2017)

Application by husband for freezing order in relation to the former matrimonial home.

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A (Letter to a Young Person), Re [2017] EWFC 48 (26 July 2017)

Application by father to remove child to a Scandinavian country. Judgment in form of letter to the child.

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C (A Child : Removal of forename). ), Re [2017] EWFC B44 (26 July 2017)

Appeal by father against order giving mother permission to remove child's middle name. Appeal dismissed.

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Birch v Birch [2017] UKSC 53 (26 July 2017)

Appeal by wife against decision that the court had no jurisdiction to hear an application to be released from undertaking to sell former matrimonial home. Appeal allowed.

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N-S (Children), Re [2017] EWCA Civ 1121 (25 July 2017)

Appeal by father against care and placement orders in respect of four children, complaining of lack of adequate judicial reasoning for the orders. Appeal dismissed.

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AB (Adoption or Rehabilitation) [2017] EWFC B44 (4 July 2017)

Final hearing of adoption application of two year old child, following care and placement orders.

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McILWRATH v. RUSSIA - 60393/13 [2017] ECHR 679 (18 July 2017)

Application by father alleging a disruption of his family life by the failure of the Russian authorities to assist him in being reunited with his children, after they had been removed to Russia by their mother from their habitual place of residence in Italy.

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Carmarthenshire County Council v Y [2017] EWFC 36 (30 June 2017)

Care proceedings. Fact-finding hearing in respect of historic abuse allegations against father.

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Great Ormond Street Hospital -v- Yates and Gard [2017] EWHC 1909 (Fam) (24 July 2017)

Application by NHS Trust for an order that it is lawful and in best interests of child with brain damage for artificial ventilation to be withdrawn. Further hearing to consider fresh evidence.

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T (A Child : early permanence or kinship carers) [2017] EWFC B43 (14 July 2017)

Care proceedings concerning eleven month old child. Judgment considering whether to place him with foster parents, or paternal aunt and uncle.

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Casey v Cervi [2017] EWHC 1669 (Fam) (05 July 2017)

Appeal by mother against orders recognising and permitting enforcement of Irish custody order in favour of the father. Appeal allowed.

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W (A Child), Re [2017] EWFC B42 (03 May 2017)

Appeal by local authority against care order, which was considered to be disproportionate and unnecessary.

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A Local Authority v A & Ors [2016] EWHC 2635 (Fam) (19 September 2016)

Care proceedings in respect of a child living with a Nigerian couple who were not the biological parents.

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A (Refusal of Article 15 application for transfer) [2017] EWFC B41 (14 July 2017)

Care proceedings relating to child of Latvian parents. Judgment concerning application for transfer of the proceedings to Latvia.

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Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council v M & Ors [2016] EWFC 13 (11 March 2016)

Care proceedings. Fact-finding hearing in relation to the death of father's child by previous relationship.

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R (Closed Material Procedure : Special Advocates : Funding) [2017] EWHC 1793 (Fam) (13 July 2017)

Judgment concerning issue of how the costs of a Special Advocate instructed in connection with a closed material procedure in public law proceedings should be funded.

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Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act (Cases AD, AE, AF, AG and AH : No 2) [2017] EWHC 1782 (Fam) (13 July 2017)

Guidance by President for use in cases in which partner of mother of child born as a result of IVF treatment seeks a declaration that they are the child's legal parent, following administrative failure by clinic providing treatment.

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W (A Child : No 4) [2017] EWHC 1760 (Fam) (10 July 2017)

Application by father to set aside adoption order. Application dismissed.

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X (A Child : care order) (3) [2017] EWFC B40 (23 June 2017)

Care proceedings concerning five month old child. 12 month supervision order made in favour of local authority.

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B (A Child : guardianship order) [2017] EWFC B39 (09 June 2017)

Care proceedings concerning one year old child. Special guardianship order made in favour of paternal grandparents.

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C (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 980 (12 July 2017)

Appeal by father against refusal of application for summary return of children to Australia.

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P-K (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 965 (12 July 2017)

Application for permission to appeal findings of fact made in public law children proceedings.

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S-F (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 964 (12 July 2017)

Appeal by local authority against refusal to make a placement order. Appeal dismissed.

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E and N (No 2), Re [2017] EWFC B27 (06 July 2017)

Judgment concerning the admission of potentially illegally obtained surveillance evidence in care proceedings.

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SA v FA (setting aside consent order on ground of duress) [2017] EWHC 1731 (Fam) (16 May 2017)

Application by mother to set aside consent order dismissing proceedings relating to the return of children from Iraq, on the ground of duress. Application granted.

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Veluppillai v Chief Land Registrar & Ors [2017] EWHC 1693 (Fam) (11 April 2017)

Applications by Chief Land Registrar and Bank of Scotland Plc to strike out claims made by husband, in breach of civil restraint order, with intention of thwarting implementation of financial remedies order.

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Miller & Anor v Miller & Anor (Jamaica) [2017] UKPC 21 (6 July 2017)

Appeal by a Jamaican husband against a ruling of the Court of Appeal of Jamaica that the beneficial interest of a property bought by a married couple was to be held in equal shares. Appeal dismissed.

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W v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 1733 (Fam) (07 July 2017)

Application for recognition of a Nigerian adoption order.

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B and C (whether to hold fact find where NAI alleged), Re [2017] EWFC B38 (10 February 2017)

Care proceedings. Hearing to determine whether to hold fact-finding hearing, where non-accidental injury alleged.

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The London Borough of Tower Hamlets v M & Ors [2017] EWHC 692 (Fam) (31 March 2017)

Care proceedings in which a disclosure order was made against the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD), seeking information about any extremist or radicalised conduct by the adults in the family. Application by SSHD for public interest immunity.

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A (kinship carer welfare determination) [2017] EWFC B36 (7 March 2017)

Care proceedings concerning a two year old child. Child placed with great-aunt, in whose favour a child arrangements order was made.

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J and K (care orders) [2017] EWFC B37 (7 March 2017)

Care proceedings in respect of two children, taken following concerns about the parents’ drug misuse, domestic violence and their mental health.

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Gibbs v Gibbs [2017] EWHC 1700 (Fam) (29 June 2017)

Application by father for committal of mother for breach of order restraining her from disclosing material relating to earlier Children Act proceedings.

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G (interim threshold) [2017] EWFC B34 (20 June 2017)

Care proceedings. Hearing today to determine whether the interim threshold for making public law orders was crossed.

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A B C and D (fact-finding and welfare) [2017] EWFC B33 (16 June 2017)