G (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 305 (28 February 2018)

Appeal against provision in child arrangements order in favour of artificial insemination donor where child's parents are civil partners, allowing contact with donor's parents. Appeal dismissed.

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WS v HS (appeal - sale of matrimonial home) [2018] EWFC 11 (28 February 2018)

Application for permission to appeal against interim order for the immediate sale of a former matrimonial home. Permission granted, and appeal allowed, on the basis that there was no application before the DJ on which he could make such an order.

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Cooke v Parker & Anor [2018] EWHC 371 (Fam) (02 February 2018)

Pre-trial review in heavily contested financial remedies application.

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X (a child - adoption order) [2018] EWFC B8 (27 February 2018)

Care and placement proceedings in relation to the child of a mother lacking litigation capacity.

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Kerman v Akhmedova [2018] EWCA Civ 307 (27 February 2018)

Appeal by solicitor against order made on application of wife in financial remedy proceedings requiring him to attend court to give evidence. Appeal dismissed.

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ROL v HML (Child abduction and immigration problems) [2017] EWHC 3654 (Fam) (13 December 2017)

Interim judgment in proceedings concerning application for summary return of the children to New York.

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P v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and P (CSM) (Child support - property and capital transfers) [2018] UKUT 60 (AAC) (19 February 2018)

Where a private company is carried on as a ‘quasi-partnership’, for the purposes of regulation 18 of the 2000 Variation Regulations it may be appropriate to value the shares on the basis of the value of the company’s shareholders’ funds without discounting to reflect the difficulty of realising the shareholding.

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H (A child : placement order) [2017] EWFC B105 (21 November 2017)

Application for a placement order in relation to a 14 month old child.

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A v B [2018] EWHC 328 (Fam) (06 February 2018)

Appeal by mother against refusal of application for permission to take child out of the jurisdiction to live with her in Poland. Appeal allowed.

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MJ v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and FD (CSM) (Child support - cancellation) [2018] UKUT 42 (AAC) (5 February 2018)

Appeal dealing with issue of whether FTT had jurisdiction to hear an appeal after the terminal date for a child support assessment to be in force had been reached.

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Kent County Council v A, M & Ors (Hair strand testing) [2017] EWFC B104 (01 December 2017)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings in relation to 8 year old boy who suffers from Down’s syndrome and epilepsy, including consideration of concerns about the impact of and interpretation of hair strand testing.

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L (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 238 (21 February 2018)

Applications by mother and grandparents for permission to appeal against care orders made in respect of two children. Permission refused.

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Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Anor [2018] EWHC 308 (Fam) (20 February 2018)

Application by NHS Trust for a declaration that continued ventilatory support is not in child's best interests, and in the circumstances it is not lawful that such treatment continue.

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Buehrlen v Buehrlen [2017] EWHC 3643 (Fam) (24 November 2017)

Appeal by husband against dismissal/refusal of application to instruct an employment expert, to give evidence as to the wife's earning capacity. Appeal dismissed.

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M (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 240 (20 February 2018)

Appeal by mother against dismissal of application to discharge care order. Appeal allowed.

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R (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 198 (16 February 2018)

Appeal by father against finding that he had "used unreasonable force and unlawfully killed the mother", dealing with issue of the extent to which, if at all, the Family Court should import elements of criminal law into a fact-finding determination within child care proceedings.

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Re J [2018] EWFC 8 (13 February 2018)

Application by father to appeal against adoption order made in 2013 in favour of step-father. Appeal allowed and order set aside, on basis that father had not been a party to the proceedings, the mother having stated that she did not know the father's identity.

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M (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 245 (19 December 2017)

Appeal from a finding of fact made in care proceedings involving six children. Appeal dismissed.

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M (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 2356 (13 December 2017)

Appeal by father against order that mother could relocate with child to Columbia. Appeal allowed.

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In the matter of C (Children) [2018] UKSC 8 (14 February 2018)

Appeal by mother against decision of Court of Appeal to allow father's appeal against refusal of application for summary return of children to Australia, dealing with issue of "repudiatory retention". Appeal allowed.

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DB v CB [2017] EWHC 3559 (Fam) (06 November 2017)

Application by father for summary return of child to Switzerland. Application dismissed, on the basis that the child was habitually resident in England and Wales.

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EB v TN & Ors [2017] EWHC 3624 (Fam) (01 December 2017)

Application by woman for a declaration that a deceased man is her father.

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Baby N (Child : Fact Finding) [2018] EWFC B5 (19 January 2018)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings to determine cause of injury to child, after mother initially failed to tell the truth. Injury found to have been accidental.

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T (A Child: Care Order: Beyond Parental Control: Deprivation of Liberty: Authority to Administer Medication) (No 2) [2018] EWFC B7 (8 February 2018)

Further judgment in proceedings concerning a child aged 13 years and residing in a specialist residential unit under the auspices of an interim care order, including issue of administering medication.

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Re J (A Child - Intractable Contact) [2017] EWFC B103 (19 December 2017)

Application by father for leave to withdraw contact application, following intractable contact dispute.

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BL v TC & Anor [2017] EWHC 3363 (Fam) (24 November 2017)

Application by mother for the return of 14 year old child to the USA, and by father for orders to secure the child living in England. Mother's application withdrawn.

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An NHS Trust v S & L (A Child) (Witholding Life Sustaining Invasive Treatment) [2017] EWHC 3619 (Fam) (10 November 2017)

Application by NHS Trust for declarations relating to the continued treatment of a young child suffering from a terminal condition.

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Dorset County Council v Goodall [2017] EWFC 87 (27 November 2017)

Application by local authority for committal of father of children taken into care, for breaching a series of injunctions made against him.

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HB (Care & Placement Orders), Re [2018] EWFC B4 (30 January 2018)

Applications for care and placement orders in relation to a one year old child of unusually young parents.

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Anderson v Spencer [2018] EWCA Civ 100 (07 February 2018)

Appeal against order directing that DNA extracted from a deceased man should be tested against a bodily sample to be taken from the Respondent, to establish whether the deceased was or was not the Respondent's biological father. Appeal dismissed.

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J (DV Facts) [2018] EWCA Civ 115 (06 February 2018)

Appeal by father against no contact and indirect contact only orders in respect of two children. Appeal allowed, but no other order made, as it was considered too late to contemplate a re-hearing.

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Y & Z (Children : Hague Convention) [2017] EWFC 102 (13 October 2017)

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

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A and K (Children : Placement Orders) [2018] EWFC B3 (1 February 2018)

Applications for Care and Placement Orders in respect of two children aged six and four.

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London Borough of Brent v NB [2017] EWCOP 34 (25 October 2017)

Proceedings concerning a 22 year old man with dyskinetic tetraplegic cerebral palsy, in which the substantive question for determination was whether or not it was in his best interests to undertake a 12 week period of intensive support and assessment at a rehabilitation centre.

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ELO v CLO (recognition of a Nigerian adoption order) [2017] EWHC 3574 (Fam) (08 December 2017)

Application by adoptive parents for recognition of Nigerian adoption order in relation to their five year old daughter.

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B v P (Children's Objections) [2017] EWHC 3577 (Fam) (21 December 2017)

Application by father for the summary return of two children to the jurisdiction of Hungary. Application dismissed.

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A Local Authority v L & Ors [2017] EWHC 3532 (Fam) (3 November 2017)

Care and placement proceedings in relation to an 18 month old child.

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TG (A Child : future care arrangements) [2017] EWFC 85 (20 December 2017)

Judgment setting out future care arrangements for a child of mixed Gambian/Italian heritage.

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A-F (Children) [2018] EWHC 138 (Fam) (31 January 2018)

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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Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Haastrup & Ors (No 2) (Permission to Appeal and for Stay) [2018] EWHC 147 (Fam) (31 January 2018)

Application by father for permission to appeal against declaration that the provision of life sustaining treatment is no longer in child’s best interests.

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