A, Re [2018] EWHC 3625 (Fam) (10 December 2018)

Final hearing of public law proceedings concerning 14 month old boy of dual British / Ghanaian nationality and heritage, in which the issue was whether he should be placed with members of his extended natural family in Ghana, or his foster carer, in England.

Full report: Bailii

Twins A and B [2018] EWFC B80 (31 October 2018)

Judgment in care proceedings concerning twins aged less than a year old.

Full report: Bailii

Martin v Martin [2018] EWCA Civ 2866 (21 December 2018)

Appeal by wife and cross-appeal by husband against financial remedies order, in case in which the bulk of the wealth comprised shares in a private trading company.

Full report: Bailii

Quan v Bray & Ors [2018] EWHC 3558 (Fam) (20 December 2018)

Judgment on final hearing of W's financial remedies claim, in case in which it had been found that assets held within a trust were not, for the purposes of s.25 MCA, a resource of either H or W. W's capital claims adjourned, on basis that that it was foreseeable that at some stage in the future H would have accumulated sufficient sums to make a proper clean-break capital settlement on W.

Full report: Bailii

A and B (Children) [2018] EWHC 3491 (Fam) (20 December 2018)

Cross-applications by local authority and a journalist concerning the publication of details relating to the proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

Brack v Brack [2018] EWCA Civ 2862 (20 December 2018)

Appeal by wife in relation to the effect of prenuptial agreements upon the ability of the English court to make financial remedy orders. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

C (Children) (Abduction: Article 13 (B)) [2018] EWCA Civ 2834 (20 December 2018)

Appeal by father from the dismissal of his application for the return of two children to South Africa. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

ARB v IVF Hammersmith & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2803 (17 December 2018)

A child, who was born in 2011, was conceived via IVF using the gametes of the parties but after they had separated and without the permission of the father (the mother had forged his signature on the papers). Father succeeded on all aspects of his primary case against the clinic for breach of contract. However, the judge held that he could not recover damages for the cost of the child's upbringing for reasons of policy. His appeal against this decision failed.

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J (A child : Hague Child Abduction Convention: Physical Chastisement and Homophobic Abuse) [2018] EWFC 85 (14 December 2018)

Application by mother for summary return of child to Portugal. Defences (relating to physical chastisement and homophobic abuse by mother) relied upon by father not established, and return ordered.

Full report: Bailii

T (A Child: Care Order: Beyond Parental Control: Deprivation of Liberty: Authority to Administer Medication) [2018] EWFC B1 (5 January 2018)

Care proceedings concerning 13 year old child, in which the local authority planned that the child be placed in a specialist residential unit.

Full report: Bailii

AB (Inherent Jurisdiction Deprivation of Liberty) [2018] EWHC 3103 (Fam) (14 December 2018)

Application by local authority for an order pursuant to the court’s inherent jurisdiction authorising the deprivation of liberty of a 28 year old man at risk of re-offending.

Full report: Bailii

MG v JH [2018] EWHC 3477 (Fam) (30 November 2018)

Initial hearing in application by mother for permission to take child to Mexico, the mother having previously retained the child there without the father's consent.

Full report: Bailii

X (A Child) (No 5) [2018] EWHC 3442 (Fam) (14 December 2018)

Judgment concerning issue of whether a reporting restriction order should continue in case of serious child abuse.

Full report: Bailii

X (A Child) (No 4) [2018] EWHC 1815 (Fam) (14 December 2018)

Third trial of allegations that the parents had inflicted serious injuries on child when the child was only a few weeks old in 2012.

Full report: Bailii

BB v CC (residence order) [2018] EWFC B78 (15 October 2018)

Proceedings concerning arrangements for a 3 year old child. Appeal by mother against order that required her to relocate with the child from one part of the country to the other. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

ABX v SBX [2018] EWFC 81 (31 July 2018)

Final hearing of husband's financial remedy application and wife's s.37 application.

Full report: Bailii

DA & JA (Children : non-Hague summary return) [2018] EWHC 3429 (Fam) (15 June 2018)

Application by father for children to be made wards and for the Court to order their summary return to Nigeria.

Full report: Bailii

F (A Child : Placement Order: Proportionality) [2018] EWCA Civ 2761 (11 December 2018)

Appeal by mother from care and placement orders made in proceedings concerning a child now aged 15 months. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

A London NHS Foundation Trust v E [2018] EWHC 3367 (Fam) (22 November 2018)

Application by NHS Trust for declaration that amputation of patient's leg was in his best interests.

Full report: Bailii

David (A Child : appeal) [2018] EWFC B76 (05 December 2018 )

Appeal by father against refusal of court to reconsider whether fact-finding hearing necessary, and to make interim contact order. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

NO v JL [2018] EWFC 79 (16 November 2018)

Cross-applications by both parents as to various aspects of child arrangements in relation to their son.

Full report: Bailii

BT & GT (Children : twins - adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018)

Applications to adopt twins in two separate homes, following serial failings of the local authority.

Full report: Bailii

A & B (care orders and placement orders - failures) [2018] EWFC 72 (30 November 2018)

Judgment in care proceedings, in which the local authority conceded that the serial failures in the care provided, or not provided, to the children amounted to breaches of their respective Article 8 rights.

Full report: Bailii

G (Declaration of Parentage: Removal of Person Identified as Mother from Birth Certificate) (No 2) [2018] EWHC 3361 (Fam) (16 October 2018)

Further hearing of application by child's father for declaration of parentage of child born under an informal surrogacy arrangement, and order removing person identified as mother from child's birth certificate.

Full report: Bailii

G (Declaration of Parentage: Removal of Person Identified as Mother from Birth Certificate) (No 1) [2018] EWHC 3379 (Fam) (31 July 2018)

Application by child's father for declaration of parentage of child born under an informal surrogacy arrangement, and order removing person identified as mother from child's birth certificate.

Full report: Bailii

SR (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 2738 (06 December 2018)

Appeal by the father of a boy, now aged 7, against a finding made in care proceedings that he abused his son. Appeal allowed.

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M (A Child) (Secure Accommodation) [2018] EWCA Civ 2707 (06 December 2018)

Appeal by young person against the making of a secure accommodation order. Appeal dismissed.

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HRH Louis Prince of Luxembourg v HRH Tessy Princess of Luxembourg & Anor (Application for Financial Remedy) [2018] EWFC 77 (04 December 2018)

final hearing of an application by Her Royal Highness Tessy Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma for financial remedy orders against His Royal Highness Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume, Prince of Luxembourg.

Full report: Bailii

C (a Child), Re [2018] EWHC 3332 (Fam) (06 December 2018)

Care proceedings in relation to a six month old child relinquished at birth. Leave given to local authority to withdraw and issue application under inherent jurisdiction.

Full report: Bailii

L and D (Children), Re [2018] EWFC B70 (11 July 2018)

Care proceedings in relation to two children, the father of one of whom was the prime suspect in a murder case.

Full report: Bailii

Lincolnshire County Council v M & Ors [2018] EWHC 3279 (Fam) (01 November 2018)

Care and placement proceedings, in case in which parents had travelled to Europe in an attempt to keep the child.

Full report: Bailii

A & Anor v Northamptonshire County Counci & Ors [2018] EWHC 3244 (Fam) (17 October 2018)

Application by mother for permission to set aside the findings of fact in care proceedings. Application dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

X & Anor v A & Ors [2018] EWHC 3223 (Fam) (27 July 2018)

Application to adopt two children by couple with whom the children were placed following public law proceedings in Scotland.

Full report: Bailii

C v D & Anor [2018] EWHC 3312 (Fam) (28 September 2018)

Application by mother of child for orders removing the father’s parental responsibility, a change of surname, and for an extension of a non-molestation order.

Full report: Bailii

Moore v Moore & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2669 (27 November 2018)

Appeal against decision in proprietary estoppel case involving a family farm.

Full report: Bailii

Z (Embryo Adoption: Declaration of Non-Parentage) [2018] EWFC 68 (10 July 2018)

Application for a declaration of non-parentage in respect of child born as a result of embryo adoption.

Full report: Bailii

P (Declaration of Parentage: PP Form Mistake) [2018] EWFC 74 (25 October 2018)

Application for declaration of parentage following the discovery of an incorrect date on the PP form.

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A Local Authority v M and F & Ors (care orders and wardship) [2018] EWHC 3295 (Fam) (28 September 2018)

Care/placement/wardship proceedings in relation to 7 children, one of whom resides in Pakistan.

Full report: Bailii

US v SR [2018] EWHC 3207 (Fam) (29 November 2018)

Further judgment in long-running proceedings, concerning implementation of financial remedies order.

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RR v MM [2018] EWHC 3252 (Fam) (18 October 2018)

Application by father for permission to appeal against orders made in private law proceedings, including refusal of judge to recuse herself on the grounds of bias. Application refused.

Full report: Bailii

SR v A Local Authority & Anor [2018] EWCOP 36 (06 June 2018)

Proceedings concerning 83 year old woman with Alzheimer's. Application by local authority for orders restricting her contact with her husband.

Full report: Bailii

M & Ors v Liverpool City Council [2018] EWFC B69 (12 November 2018)

Application prior to fact-finding hearing in care proceedings, concerning the method by which a vulnerable witness should give evidence.

Full report: Bailii

Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008 (Case AM), Re [2018] EWHC 3178 (Fam) (23 November 2018)

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.

Full report: Bailii

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Hill [2018] EWCOP 35 (16 July 2018)

Proceedings concerning 82 year old man with dementia. Application for committal of respondent for breach of certain injunctive orders.

Full report: Bailii

C v C [2018] EWHC 3186 (Fam) (22 November 2018)

W's financial remedy application, in which the single issue was the extent to which there should be a departure from equality on the basis of H's post-separation endeavours and his creation of what he asserted to be non-matrimonial property.

Full report: Bailii

Olu-Williams v Olu-Williams [2018] EWHC 2464 (Fam) (21 September 2018)

Application by wife for husband's committal for contempt in failing to comply with specific orders or undertakings in financial remedy proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

WG v HG [2018] EWFC 84 (30 July 2018)

Final hearing of wife's financial remedies claim. Wife awarded £4.05 million, on a clean break basis.

Full report: Bailii

Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2018] EWCA Civ 2565 (15 November 2018)

Appeal by contemnor against length of sentence of imprisonment for breach of orders relating to the return of children from Nigeria. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

RAO v ROO & Anor [2018] EWCOP 33 (25 October 2018)

Proceedings regarding the continued medical treatment of a 61 year old woman suffering post-stroke dementia.

Full report: Bailii

J (A Child : application for a care order) [2018] EWHC 2840 (Fam) (19 October 2018)

Application for care and placement orders in respect of child whose half-brother had been made subject to a care order following a finding that he had suffered serious inflicted injuries at the hands of either his mother or his father.

Full report: Bailii

IX v IY [2018] EWHC 3053 (Fam) (16 October 2018)

Final hearing of wife's financial remedies claim in case with estimated assets of £38 million, including consideration of principles of sharing, needs and compensation.

Full report: Bailii

LM v KD [2018] EWHC 3057 (Fam) (12 November 2018)

Appeals in TOLATA and CA Sch 1 proceedings, where the principal question arising was whether jurisdiction in respect of the matters in issue lay, as the wife claimed, with the courts of England and Wales or, as the husband maintained, with the courts of Italy.

Full report: Bailii

K (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2512 (08 August 2018)

Appeal against order refusing to direct local authority to return child to the care of the mother upon his anticipated release from hospital, where he was being treated for meningitis. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust v JF & Anor [2018] EWCOP 32 (20 July 2018)

Application by NHS Trust for declarations in relation to the treatment of a woman who had suffered a severe brain injury and who has terminal cancer.

Full report: Bailii

D, E, F and G (Children : Art 15 - transfer of the proceedings) (Rev 2) [2017] EWHC 3078 (Fam) (19 September 2017)

Care proceedings concerning 4 children. Application for transfer of proceedings to Romania. Application refused.

Full report: Bailii

Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2018] EWHC 3029 (Fam) (05 October 2018)

Application by mother for committal of man she claims to be father's brother, for breach of orders relating to the return of children from Nigeria.

Full report: Bailii

NN v AS & Ors [2018] EWHC 2973 (Fam) (06 November 2018)

Claim by wife following Egyptian divorce, including determining interests of wider family members in various properties.

Full report: Bailii

HC (A Minor : Deprivation of Liberty) [2018] EWHC 2961 (Fam) (05 November 2018)

Application by LA for court to determine whether 13 year-old's placement constitutes a deprivation of his liberty and, if so, for authorisation.

Full report: Bailii

Z v Kent County Council (Revocation of placement order - Failure to assess Mother's capacity and Grandparents) [2018] EWFC B65 (18 October 2018)

Care proceedings. Placement order revoked and special guardianship orders made in favour of current carers.

Full report: Bailii

MR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and & Anor (Child support - maintenance assessments/calculations) [2018] UKUT 340 (AAC) (12 October 2018)

Appeal by father against decision that he was the NRP.

Full report: Bailii

Hart v Hart [2018] EWHC 2966 (Fam) (05 November 2018)

Committal hearing following finding of contempt in relation to the implementation of a financial remedies order.

Full report: Bailii

Manchester City Council Legal Services v LC & Anor [2018] EWCOP 30 (24 October 2018)

Further judgment in proceedings in relation to a 23 year old woman with learning difficulties, concerning protecting her from inappropriate relationships with men.

Full report: Bailii

D (A child : parental alienation) [2018] EWFC B64 (19 October 2018)

Proceedings regarding arrangements for 13 year old child. Fact-finding hearing considering allegations that the father had abused the child, and that that the mother had systematically alienated the child from the father.

Full report: Bailii

UD v XB (Case C-393/18 PPU) UD v XB (Case C-393/18 PPU) (Court of Justice of the European Union, 17 October 2018)

Jurisdiction – Habitual residence – Art 8, BIIA - Preliminary ruling – Physical presence – Coercion of mother to give birth in Bangladesh. The Court of Justice of the European Union held that a child could not be found to be habitually resident in a Member State in which they had never been to for the purposes of Art 8 of BIIA.

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Hart v Hart [2018] EWHC 2894 (Fam) (25 October 2018)

Judgment dealing with issue of whether there had been a contempt in relation to the implementation of a financial remedies order.

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KD v AM & Ors (Jurisdiction: Child in Other Jurisdiction) [2018] EWFC 64 (10 August 2018)

Proceedings concerning arrangements for child, including whether he should reside permanently in the US, where he is now living. Judgment concerning issue of jurisdiction.

Full report: Bailii

University College London Hospitals v KG [2018] EWCOP 29 (08 October 2018)

Application by NHS Trust for authority to administer novel treatment to patient lacking capacity.

Full report: Bailii

SJ, Re [2018] EWCOP 28 (24 August 2018)

Application by NHS Trust for authorisation of medical treatment in relation to a patient detained under s.3 MHA.

Full report: Bailii

D, (A Child), Re [2018] EWCOP 31 (05 October 2018)

Judgment concerning accommodation of child exhibiting extreme behaviour, possibly as a consequence of what she witnessed whilst living in Iraq.

Full report: Bailii

A (Final Hearing: Threshold not met), Re [2018] EWFC 63 (12 October 2018)

Care proceedings concerning four children. Threshold not met. Judgment includes legal summary.

Full report: Bailii

A and R (Children), Re [2018] EWHC 2771 (Fam) (13 September 2018)

Appeal against findings made on cross-allegations of domestic abuse arising in proceedings for a child arrangements order. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

Lomax & Ors v Greenslade [2018] EWHC 2623 (Ch) (23 July 2018)

Appeal against award in Inheritance Act proceedings arising in circumstances where a father had not made provision for his 3 children in the will. At first instance the judge had made an award to the claimant children leaving the defendant with 69k out of 699k. Her appeal was rejected though the awards to the children reduced slightly as a result of fresh evidence about the value of the estate and other costs incurred.

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C (An Infant), Re [2018] EWHC 2750 (Fam) (17 October 2018)

Judgment concerning withdrawal of medical treatment for two month old child with brain abnormality.

Full report: Bailii

H (Children) [2018] EWFC 61 (18 October 2018)

Care proceedings concerning two children, which took 116 weeks to resolve. Judgment considering what could be done to avoid delay, particularly caused by concurrent criminal proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

W.X.Y.Z. (Care Proceedings -NAI- EDS -Von Willebrand Disease) [2018] EWFC B62 (19 September 2018)

Care proceedings in relation to 4 children, including consideration of whether her medical history had any bearing upon injuries suffered by one child.

Full report: Bailii

Y (Autism -Care Proceedings- Deprivation of Liberty), Re [2018] EWHC B63 (23 April 2018)

Application for care order in respect of an autistic young person, and for an order declaring that it is lawful for the local authority to deprive him of his liberty.

Full report: Bailii

P (Sexual Relations and Contraception) v.2 [2018] EWCOP 10 (18 April 2018)

Judgment in long-running proceedings involving a vulnerable young woman, addressing issues concerning her sexual relationships and the covert insertion of a contraceptive device.

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RJ v CM [2018] EWHC 2509 (Fam) (24 July 2018)

Appeal by mother against refusal to adjourn fact-finding hearing in child arrangements proceedings. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

A (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2240 (16 October 2018)

Appeal against SGO in favour of foster carer, rather than child's maternal family in Ghana. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

MB v TB [2018] EWHC 2035 (Fam) (31 July 2018)

Judgment in jurisdiction dispute between wife who had issued divorce proceedings in England and husband who had issued in Germany. Held, the English court was seised of the wife's petition and that seisin had not been defeated by a failure by the wife to take steps she was required to have service effected, as alleged by the husband.

Full report: Bailii

AS v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (CSM) (Child support - variation/departure directions: diversion of income) [2018] UKUT 315 (AAC) (24 September 2018)

Appeal by father against diversion of income decision. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

PM v CF [2018] EWHC 2658 (Fam) (03 October 2018)

Judgment in case in which, inter alia, father's parental responsibility was terminated, in the light of the risk he posed to the mother, and the children's need for protection.

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IQ v JP C-478/17 (Court of Justice of the European Union, 4 October 2018)

Jurisdiction – Art 15, BIIA – Preliminary ruling – Two courts of different Member States seised of matters relating to parental responsibility – Application of Art 15. The Court of Justice of the European Union held that Art 15 of BIIA did not apply where both courts of Member States had jurisdiction under Arts 8 and 12.

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O (A child : No Available Secure Accommodation) [2018] EWFC B60 (08 October 2018)

Application for secure accommodation order. No placements available.

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T (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2136 (04 October 2018)

Appeal relating to the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction when called upon to make orders which, but for a lack of capacity in the statutory system, would be made as secure accommodation orders under Children Act.

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The Public Guardian v DA & Ors [2018] EWCOP 26 (5 October 2018)

Judgment concerning two test cases brought by the Public Guardian, regarding the validity of words in lasting powers of attorney. The first concerns words relating to euthanasia or assisted suicide, whereas the second concerns words as to the appointment of multiple attorneys.

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B (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2127 (04 October 2018)

Mother's appeal from a fact-finding decision given in care proceedings, concerning injuries sustained by one year old child.

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A.B.V. v. RUSSIA - 56987/15 (Judgment : Article 2 - Right to respect for private and family life : Third Section) [2018] ECHR 785 (02 October 2018)

Application by father alleging that the Russian domestic authorities had failed to offer him effective assistance in securing contact with his daughter, in breach of Article 8. Held, there had been a violation of Art 8.

Full report: Bailii

London Borough of Hounslow v A Father & Mother (Costs in the Court of Protection - Disproportionate litigation) [2018] EWCOP 23 (21 September 2018)

Decision relating to costs of proceedings concerning young man lacking capacity to manage his property and affairs.

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Rogan v Rogan [2018] EWHC 2512 (Fam) (21 September 2018)

Judgment summons application by wife, in relation to non-payment of spousal maintenance.

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De Gafforj (Appeal: Hadkinson Order) [2018] EWCA Civ 2070 (20 September 2018)

Application by W for order preventing H from pursuing an appeal, on the basis that he is in contempt of court by having failed to comply with orders for maintenance pending suit, costs and a legal services payment order. Application granted.

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CF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and CG (CSM) (Child support - other) [2018] UKUT 276 (AAC) (2 August 2018)

Child support appeal concerning issue of extent to which each parent had the day to day care of child.

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A Local Authority v A Mother & Ors (Welfare) [2018] EWHC 2056 (Fam) (22 June 2018)

Welfare hearing in care proceedings relating to child of family that had returned from Syria, where they lived in territory controlled by Islamic state.

Full report: Bailii

A Local Authority v A Mother & Ors (Fact-Finding) [2018] EWHC 2054 (Fam) (05 March 2018)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings relating to child of family that had returned from Syria, where they lived in territory controlled by Islamic state.

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The London Borough of Enfield v Matrix Deputies Ltd & Anor [2018] EWCOP 22 (24 September 2018)

Further judgment in applications by public guardian for discharge of appointments of property and affairs deputies for 44 individuals.

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B-P (Children : adoption Or Fostering) [2018] EWCA Civ 2042 (20 September 2018)

Appeal from an order refusing a local authority's application for placement orders in relation to three very young children. Appeal allowed.

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SH, Re [2018] EWCOP 21 (17 September 2018)

Application for the appointment of the holder of a specified office or position (as distinct from a named individual holding such office at the time of the appointment) as a property and affairs deputy.

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LKH v TQA AL Z (Interim maintenance and pound for pound costs funding) [2018] EWHC 2436 (Fam) (24 July 2018)

Application by W under Part III MFPA 1984. Order, inter alia, injuncting H from paying any further money to his solicitors unless he pays an equal amount to the wife's solicitors.

Full report: Bailii

K (A Child : Threshold Findings) [2018] EWCA Civ 2044 (04 September 2018)

Care proceedings. Appeal against finding that threshold had not been made out. Appeal allowed.

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TP v PRBP [2018] EWHC 2433 (Fam) (26 July 2018)

Financial remedies application in which the issue of the capacity of the husband was raised.

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M (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2043 (04 September 2018)

Father's application for permission to appeal against order requiring him to secure return of child from Thailand. Application refused.

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Bhusate v Patel & Ors [2018] EWHC 2362 (Ch) (13 September 2018)

The claimant was the third wife of the deceased (who died in 1990) and was making three primary claims: (1) that she was now the sole beneficial owner of the property; (2) in the alternative, that she and the defendants (the deceased's children from his first marriage) became equitable co-owners of the property; (3) in the further alternative, she said that she was entitled, as against the deceased's estate, to her statutory legacy and a capitalised life interest, plus interest at 6% per annum since the date of his death.

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Z (A Child - Care Proceedings - Separate Representation) [2018] EWFC B57 (29 June 2018)

Care proceedings concerning 14 year old child. Judgment dealing with issue of whether child should instruct his own solicitor, he disagreeing with guardian as to appropriate outcome.

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The London Borough of Harrow v AT & Anor [2017] EWCOP 37 (14 May 2018)

Judgment addressing costs of proceedings brought by London Borough of Harrow in respect of living arrangements for man which amounted to a deprivation of his liberty.

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R-H (Special Guardianship Order) [2018] EWFC B53 (06 September 2018)

Care proceedings concerning 6 year old child. Special guardianship order made in favour of paternal great aunt.

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Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v S [2018] EWHC 2323 (Fam) (16 July 2018)

Application for committal of son of man lacking capacity for alleged breaches of injunctive orders.

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E (Care Orders) [2018] EWFC B52 (05 July 2018)

Care proceedings concerning 3 children whose mother originates from Zambia and whose father is Nigerian.

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William. Re (dismissal of application for a Placement Order) [2018] EWFC B51 (27 July 2018)

Hearing of applications for care and placement orders in relation to a one year old child. Placement application dismissed.

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Ricky, Re (the making of a Placement Order) [2018] EWFC B50 (13 July 2018)

Hearing of applications for care and placement orders in relation to a one year old child.

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R v K [2018] EWFC 59 (04 September 2018)

Judgment in financial remedy proceedings, in which the central issue was whether the husband and his business associates had fabricated or exaggerated the husband's liabilities, in an attempt to defeat the wife’s claim.

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MV (Care and Placement Orders) [2018 EWFC B48 (16 August 18)

Application for care and placement orders in relation to two children.

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G (Care and Placeement Orders) [2018 EWFC B47 (08 August 2018)

Application for care and placement orders in respect of a ten month old child.

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L (Care Orders) [2018] EWFC B46 (30 August 2018)

Application for care orders in relation to three children.

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A (Care Orders) [2018] EWFC B45 (17 August 2018)

Application for care and placement orders in relation to a two year old child.

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E (Care Orders and Placement Orders) [2018] EWFC B44 (10 August 2018)

Final hearing in care and placement proceedings concerning six children.

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F (Care and Placement Orders) [2018] EWFC B43 (30 July 2018)

Final hearing in care and placement proceedings concerning four children.

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A v A [2018] EWFC B42 (06 July 2018)

Final hearing of wife's application for all forms of financial remedy, including consideration of disputed property values, non-disclosure and the drawing of adverse inferences against the husband.

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M (Children: Abuse) [2018] EWFC B41 (31 July 2018)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings concerning three children.

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A (A Child : adoption) [2017] EWHC 3832 (Fam) (12 December 2017)

Care and placement proceedings in relation to a child of a Romanian mother and an Egyptian father.

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London Borough of Lambeth v MCS & Anor [2018] EWCOP 20 (31 August 2018)

Costs hearing in proceedings relating to the repatriation of a Colombian woman lacking capacity, who had been kept in hospital for over 3 years. Costs orders made against both Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group.

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London Borough of Lambeth v MCS & Anor [2018] EWCOP 14 (31 August 2018)

Proceedings relating to the repatriation of a Colombian woman lacking capacity, who had been kept in hospital for over 3 years.

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Leicestershire County Council v AB & Ors [2018] EWFC 58 (31 August 2018)

Combined fact-finding and welfare hearing in care proceedings concerning two children.

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PBC v JMA & Ors [2018] EWCOP 19 (16 th April 2018)

Application by attorney for property and affairs for authority to make gifts from donor's estate exceeding £7 million, in order to reduce inheritance tax liabilities.

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Green v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (CSM) [2018] UKUT 240 (AAC) (18 July 2018)

This case analyses regulation 71 of the Child Support Maintenance Calculation Regulations 2012 (diversion of income) and how it operates in relation to the transfer of an asset that was not generating any income at the time of transfer.

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LXA & Anor v Willcox [2018] EWHC 2256 (QB) (23 August 2018)

Claim for damages for personal injuries and other losses arising out of sexual and physical abuse suffered at the hands of adoptive parents.

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Banfield v Campbell [2018] EWHC 1943 (Ch) (24 July 2018)

Claim by cohabitant of deceased for reasonable financial provision from estate.

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B (A Child: Immunisation) [2018] EWFC 56 (22 August 2018)

Application by mother for specific issue order to permit her to arrange for child to be immunised.

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A v A [2018] EWHC 2194 (Fam) (17 August 2018)

Replacement financial remedies judgment, following successful appeal against earlier judgment.

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Y v A Healthcare NHS Trust & Ors [2018] EWCOP 18 (02 August 2018)

Application by wife for a declaration that, notwithstanding his incapacity, it was lawful for husband's sperm to be retrieved and stored prior to his death.

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W (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 1904 (15 August 2018)

Appeal by father against order setting aside previous order requiring mother to return child to Spain. Appeal dismissed.

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Sparkasse Koln Bonn v Cutts & Anor [2018] EWHC 1879 (Ch) (30 July 2018)

Determination of beneficial interest in a claim for an order for sale pursuant to a final charging order.

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F v M [2018] EWHC 2106 (Fam) (03 August 2018)

Appeal by father against refusal to register Russian order that child reside with him. Appeal dismissed.

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Kliers v Schmerler & Anor [2018] EWHC 1350 (Ch) (30 April 2018)

The applicant was claiming declarations as to the beneficial ownership of a property, the registered legal ownership of which was her brother. He had obtained a mortgage to buy the property on behalf of the applicant and her then husband as their credit rating was not sufficient. The declarations were granted.

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A-F (Children) (No 2) [2018] EWHC 2129 (Fam) (08 August 2018)

Further hearing in connection with test cases relating to seven children, raising various substantive and procedural questions in relation to the interface between care proceedings and the requirements of Article 5 of the Convention.

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Venables, Re (No 2 [2018] EWHC 2128 (Fam) (08 August 2018)

Further hearing within application to vary injunction conferring lifelong anonymity on child convicted of murder.

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EF and GH (Children) [2018] EWHC 1960 (Fam) (23 May 2018)

Proceedings relating to two children whose mother requested the local authority to accommodate them, following a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Judgment dealing with issue of whether threshold criteria satisfied.

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Various Incapacitated Persons, Re (Appointment of Trust Corporations As Deputies) [2018] EWCOP 3 (25 January 2018)

Judgment concerning applications in respect of 36 different persons, seeking the appointment as property and affairs deputy of a trust corporation.

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M (Children: Abuse) [2018] EWFC B41 (31 July 2018)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings concerning three children.

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PA v CK & Ors [2018] EWHC 2004 (Fam) (06 July 2018)

Application by father for permission to appeal order that he should have no direct contact with the child.

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C (A Child) Schedule 1 Children Act Variation [2018] EWFC B40 (1 August 2018)

Application by father to vary Sch 1 order, following order that the child should live with him.

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Akhter v Khan [2018] EWFC 54 (31 July 2018)

Judgment considering issue of whether an Islamic marriage ceremony creates an invalid or void marriage in English law.

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Ubbi & Anori (Minors) v Ubbi [2018] EWHC 1396 (Ch) (27 July 2018)

Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 case where the infant children of the deceased husband and his extra-marital partner claimed that his will (which pre-dated their births) did not make any provision for them after he left everything to his wife.

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A & B v C [2018] EWHC 2048 (Fam) (30 July 2018)

Application by maternal family in Poland for contact with child, following death of child's mother.

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X (A Child : FGMPO) [2018] EWCA Civ 1825 (31 July 2018)

Appeal by father against provision in FGM protection order forbidding removal of child from jurisdiction. Appeal allowed.

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West Sussex County Council & Anor v F & Ors [2018] EWHC 1702 (Fam) (22 June 2018)

Fact-finding hearing within applications for forced marriage protection orders and care orders in relation to three children.

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MT v OT (No.2) [2018] EWHC 2003 (Fam) (24 May 2018)

Further judgment in relation to Children Act Sch. 1 applications by mother and father.

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Ford v Halil [2018] EWHC 1997 (Fam) (12 July 2018)

Further hearing in case in which the mother allegedly abducted the children to Alaska in October 2015, but has recently been extradited to this country, the children remaining with their stepfather in Alaska.

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A (A Patient, Now Deceased), Re (No 4) [2018] EWCOP 17 (27 July 2018)

Application by nephew of now deceased patient to withdraw earlier judgment from public record.

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PS v BP [2018] EWHC 1987 (Fam) (27 July 2018)

Appeal by father against orders and findings following a fact-finding hearing, including judicial observations upon issue of father cross-examining mother.

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A (Relinquished Baby: Risk of Domestic Abuse) [2018] EWHC 1981 (Fam) (27 July 2018)

Application by LA for declaration that it would be permissible for them to make arrangements for the adoption of child without notifying the putative father, paternal or maternal extended family members, as requested by mother.

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Lancashire County Council v A, B and Z (A Child : Fact Finding Hearing: Police Disclosure) [2018] EWHC 1819 (Fam) (02 July 2018)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings concerning a girl aged 22 months.The hearing was beset by problems arising from the late disclosure of material held by the police. Judgment includes suggested solutions as to how such problems may be avoided.

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H (care and placement application), Re [2018] EWFC B36 (20 April 2018)

Care and placement proceedings in relation to four children.

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C (permission to withdraw; medical evidence; interim threshold not crossed), Re [2018] EWFC B37 (09 July 2018)

Judgment in application for permission to withdraw care application, including schedule of 'lessons to be learned' arising out of the circumstances of the case, to be shared with treating clinicians.

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KW v RM [2017] EWHC 3814 (Fam) (25 October 2017)

Application by father for summary return of child to the USA. Return ordered.

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Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2018] EWCA Civ 1714 (18 July 2018)

Appeal by father against committal for breach of orders relating to the return of children from Nigeria. Appeal dismissed.

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ABCDE, Re [2018] EWHC 1841 (Fam) (16 July 2018)

Application by a local authority for permission to withdraw care proceedings in respect of five children, including consideration of costs order against local authority.

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D (A Child) (Temporary Relocation) [2018] EWHC 1571 (Fam) (23 May 2018)

Appeal against order allowing mother to remove child temporarily to Japan. Appeal allowed.

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M v M [2017] EWCA Civ 129 (01 February 2017)

Appeal by wife against refusal to upwardly vary spousal maintenance order. Appeal allowed.

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Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38 (18 July 2018)

Appeal by husband against order increasing spousal maintenance, on the basis that the increase took into account the wife's housing costs, which had already been provided for in the capital settlement. Appeal allowed.

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Williams & Anor v London Borough of Hackney [2018] UKSC 37 (18 July 2018)

This appeal considered the lawfulness of the accommodation of the appellants’ children by the respondent under the Children Act 1989, s 20.

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ER v BF [2018] EWFC 18 (23 February 2018)

Application by husband for wife's petition to be stayed, on the basis that the divorce should be heard in New Zealand. Application refused.

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A (A Patient, Now Deceased), Re (No 3) [2018] EWCOP 16 (13 July 2018)

Application by nephew of now deceased patient to rescind costs orders made against him. Application dismissed.

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SS and ES (Children) [2018 EWFC B35 (23 May 2018)

Care proceedings in relation to two children. Fact-finding hearing concerning cause of injuries to one of the children.

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Barker v Winter [2018] EWHC 1785 (QB) (09 July 2018)

Claim for damages after the claimant cohabitee claimed that she had been deceived by the defendant in spending her divorce settlement money on a lavish lifestyle after he promised to pay her back and buy her a house when his own divorce had concluded.

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B (A Child), Re [2018] EWHC 1643 (Fam) (15 June 2018)

Application by father for the return to Spain of child abducted by mother in 2014, and his linked application to enforce custody orders made in his favour by the Spanish courts.

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Thum v Thum [2018] EWCA Civ 624 (12 July 2018)

Appeal by husband against decision that the English court, rather than the German court, was first seised of divorce proceedings. Appeal dismissed.

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M (BIIa Article 19: Court First Seised) [2018] EWCA Civ 1637 (12 July 2018)

Appeal concerning issue of whether English or Polish courts should have jurisdiction to deal with children dispute.

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BA & Anor v JA & Ors (female genital mutilation protection orders and immigration appeals) [2018] EWHC 1754 (Fam) (03 July 2018)

Application by Nigerian parents seeking asylum for FGM protection orders in respect of their two daughters, should they have to go to Nigeria.

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Mantegazza v Mantegazza [2017] EWHC 3811 (Fam) (05 May 2017)

Application by husband pursuant to section 5(6) and paragraph 9 of Schedule 1 to the Domicile and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1973 for a discretionary stay of divorce proceedings commenced in England by the wife.

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The Child and Family Agency (Ireland) v M & Ors [2018] EWHC 1581 (Fam) (22 June 2018)

Application by the Child and Family Agency of Ireland for transfer of care proceedings from the courts of Ireland to the courts of Wales.

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G (A Baby Girl) [2018] EWFC B32 (02 March 2018)

Application by local authority for female genital mutilation protection order in relation to 9 month old child.

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M v F & Ors [2018] EWHC 1720 (Fam) (16 February 2018)

Wardship proceedings in which the mother alleged that she had been stranded by the father in Pakistan with one of the four children, since August 2017.

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Royal Borough of Greenwich v CDM [2018] EWCOP 15 (29 June 2018)

Application by local authority seeking declarations relating to, inter alia, capacity and accommodation of patient.

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O (A Child : Fact Finding Hearing - Parents Refusing to Participate) [2018] EWFC 48 (29 June 2018)

Care proceedings concerning child born in 2017. Fact-finding hearing to ascertain cause of injuries to child. Parents neither present nor represented.

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RD (Deprivation or Restriction of Liberty), Re [2018] EWFC 47 (28 June 2018)

Judgment concerning issue of whether regime applied to 14 year old child deprives her of her liberty in such a way as to engage her Article 5 ECHR rights.

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Letts v Letts [2018] EWHC 1639 (Fam) (21 June 2018)

Further judgment in proceedings under the Hague Convention for the summary return of two children to America.

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P (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 1483 (28 June 2018)

Appeal by mother against refusal of application to adjourn care and placement proceedings for 6 months, where she was an alcoholic and had been abstinent for 13 months. Appeal allowed and placement order set aside.

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Northamptonshire County Council & Anor v The Lord Chancellor (via the Legal Aid Agency) [2018] EWHC 1628 (Fam) (05 June 2018)

Judgment addressing the circumstances in which damages recovered pursuant to the Human Rights Act in respect of breaches of duty by a Local Authority following care proceedings are subject to the Legal Aid Agency statutory charge in respect of the costs of those care proceedings.

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K and O (Children) [2018] EWHC 1455 (Fam) (09 March 2018)

Final hearing of care proceedings concerning two children of Polish origin.

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M v F [2018] EWFC 35 (23 May 2018)

Judgment ordering father to pay interim child support, together with a lump sum in respect of the mother's legal fees.

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R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for International Development [2018] UKSC 32 (27 June 2018)

Appeal considering whether the bar on different-sex couples entering into civil partnerships breaches the appellants’ rights under ECHR, art 8, in conjunction with art 14. Appeal allowed.

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Bruzas v Saxton [2018] EWHC 1619 (Fam) (21 June 2018)

Directions hearing in case in which wife seeks to set aside consent order, alleging perjury and perverting the course of justice by husband and his legal team, following disclosure of documents by "whistle blower" on H's legal team.

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J (A Child) [2018] EWFC B30 (18 June 2018)

Care and placement proceedings in relation to a four month old child, the parents having accepted that adoption would be best for the child.

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X and Y (Children) [2018] EWFC B31 (15 June 2018)

Care and placement proceedings in relation to two children of a Polish mother.

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G (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 2638 (08 November 2017)

Appeal by father against dismissal of application for leave to oppose the making of an adoption order in respect of his child. Appeal dismissed.

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S (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 1453 (21 June 2018)

Appeal by mother against summary dismissal of application under Hague Convention at the first directions hearing. Appeal allowed.

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A v B (No. 2) [2018] EWFC 45 (14 June 2018)

Application by former husband for financial remedies, following divorce in 1992. Application dismissed.

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P-J (A Girl), Re [2018] EWHC 1546 (Fam) (29 January 2018)

Application by parents for leave to apply to revoke placement order. Leave granted.

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CH v CT [2018] EWHC 1310 (Fam) (25 May 2018)

Appeal against a suspended committal order following the appellant's failure to comply with order requiring her to make her daughter available for contact. Appeal allowed.

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B1 and B2 (Children : care orders) [2018] EWFC B29 (14 May 2018)

Final hearing in care proceedings concerning two half-brothers, whose mother only engaged fleetingly with the proceedings and whose fathers have never been positively confirmed.

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P-S (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1407 (18 June 2018)

Care orders made in respect of 2 children, under which they are living with their respective paternal grandparents. Appeal against refusal to make special guardianship orders in favour of paternal grandparents. Appeal allowed.

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Donaghy v DWP [2018] EWFC B73 (5 June 2018)

Appeal by NRP against liability order. Appeal allowed.

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M and N (Children : Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence) [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018)

Care proceedings concerning 2 children. Fact-finding hearing to determine how an injury was caused to one of the children. Judicial comment on gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence.

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