L, D & J (Children : application for care and placement orders) [2018] EWFC B17 (11 January 2018)

Application for care and placement orders in relation to three children, two of whom suffer from chromosomal disorder, and all of whom suffer from global developmental delay.

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C (A Child : Application for dismissal or withdrawal of proceedings) (No. 3) [2017] EWFC 37 (27 June 2017)

Application by local authority for permission to dismiss care proceedings, in case in which it was believed that the father was an Islamist terrorist.

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JY v RY [2018] EWFC B16 (27 April 2018)

Fact-finding hearing to consider allegations by mother in private law proceedings, in which neither parent was represented. Concerns expressed about unsatisfactory procedural history, preparation, process and outcome.

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CFA (Ireland) v F [2018] EWHC 939 (Fam) (12 April 2018)

Judgment concerning issue of whether public law children proceedings should be heard in Ireland or England.

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DE v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and AE (CSM) (Child support - tribunal practice) [2018] UKUT 128 (AAC) (9 April 2018)

Proceedings concerning appeal by PWC against refusal to vary child support calculation on the basis that the NRP had additional finances in the form of company dividends. Concerns expressed about the dynamics of the First-tier Tribunal proceedings.

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Z (A Child) [2018] EWFC 25 (26 April 2018)

Judgment approving care plan for 16 year old with behavioural problems.

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Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Anor [2018] EWHC 953 (Fam) (24 April 2018)

Application by parents for permission to remove child with neurodegenerative condition  to a hospital in Rome.

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M-A (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 896 (25 April 2018)

Appeal by mother against order that child should live with his father, who lives in Canada, and spend holidays with his mother, who lives in England.

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Buckinghamshire County Council v RT [2018] EWCOP B12 (23 April 2018)

Application by local authority for an order depriving 17 year old of his liberty, due to his behavioural issues.

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Coulibaly v Coulibaly & Ors (Alleged incompatibility of the Children Act 1989 with the ECHR) [2018] EWHC 936 (Fam) (09 March 2018)

Applications alleging that a number of sections of the Children Act 1989, and also the whole of the Child Abduction Act 1984, are incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Applications dismissed.

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Akhmedova v Akhmedov [2018] EWFC 23 (Fam) (19 April 2018)

The wife was seeking to enforce financial provision orders totalling over £450million in a case where the husband had taken elaborate steps to conceal his wealth and evade enforcement of the judgment.

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Evans v. the United Kingdom - 18770/18 [2018] ECHR 357 (23 April 2018)

ECHR finds fresh application from family of Alfie Evans inadmissible.

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Matthews v Matthews & Anor [2018] EWHC 906 (Fam) (11 April 2018)

Judgment setting out reasons for adjournment of final hearing of inheritance claim.

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NHS Windsor And Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group v SP (Withdrawal of CANH) [2018] EWCOP 11 (20 April 2018)

Application by Clinical Commissioning Group for a declaration that it is not in patient's's best interests for Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration (CANH) to be continued.

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A Local Authority v X & Ors [2018] EWHC 874 (Fam) (19 April 2018)

Care proceedings concerning 4 children of foreign nationality, who have been living in the UK since 2013. Final hearing, including dealing with issue of jurisdiction.

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KA v MA (Prenuptial Agreement: Needs) [2018] EWHC 499 (Fam) (13 March 2018)

Application by wife for financial remedies, and cross-application by husband seeking an order reflecting the terms of a prenuptial agreement.

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Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Ors [2018] EWHC 818 (Fam) (11 April 2018)

Judgment endorsing care plan constructed by NHS Trust, setting out the provisions for the end of child's life.

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Proles v Kohli [2018] EWHC 767 (Ch) (17 April 2018)

Judgment in Inheritance act claim, dealing with preliminary issue of whether the deceased was domiciled in England at the date of his death.

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C (Children : Fact-Finding) [2018] EWCA Civ 801 (18 April 2018)

Appeal by local authority against refusal to make all the findings of fact it sought in care proceedings.

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S v S [2018] EWHC 627 (Fam) (23 March 2018)

Appeal by husband against orders made in financial remedy proceedings, in which the judge had declined to re-open findings made against the husband, after the husband had produced new evidence. Appeal dismissed.

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X and Y (fact finding), Re [2018] EWFC B15 (23 March 2018)

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

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K and L (fact finding) [2018] EWFC B14 (02 March 2018)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings concerning two children, one of whom has a serious life-limiting genetic disorder.

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Hermens v Hermens & Anor [2017] EWHC 3742 (Fam) (15 December 2017)

Application by the Queen's Proctor to dismiss a divorce petition and set aside a decree of divorce.

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Valcheva v Babanarakis (Case C‑335/17) (Court of Justice of the European Union, 12 April 2018)

The CJEU held that the concept of ‘rights of access’ referred to in Article 1(2)(a) and Article 2(10) of BIIA must be interpreted as meaning that it extended to the rights of access of grandparents to their grandchildren.

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Evans & Anor v Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 805 (16 April 2018)

Appeal by parents against order declaring that it would be lawful for artificial ventilation, which is currently being provided to child, to be withdrawn at the date and time specified in the order.

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M (Children), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 607 (28 March 2018)

Applications by mother for permission to appeal against a finding of fact in private law proceedings and, in care proceedings, against refusal to admit expert evidence and to re-open fact-finding hearing.

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A Local Authority v T (No.2) [2018] EWHC 816 (Fam) (22 March 2018)

Further judgment concerning the placement of a child in a secure environments in a place not authorised pursuant to the regulations made under section 25 of the Children Act.

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A Local Authority v T (No.1) [2018] EWHC 576 (Fam) (23 January 2018)

Judgment concerning the placement of a child in a secure environments in a place not authorised pursuant to the regulations made under section 25 of the Children Act.

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E (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 550 (06 March 2018)

Application for permission to appeal from an order that NHS Tust would be acting lawfully by withholding from child certain medical treatment including all forms of ventilation, and that thereafter he receive only palliative care.

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LEONOV v. RUSSIA - 77180/11 (Judgment : No Article 8 - Right to respect for private and family life : Third Section) [2018] ECHR 312 (10 April 2018)

Application by father alleging that refusal to make a residence order in his favour in respect of his son, and an interim measure as regards contact rights applied while the proceedings had been pending, had violated his right to respect for his family life.

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A Local Authority v X, Y and Z (Permission to Withdraw) [2017] EWHC 3741 (Fam) (08 December 2017)

Application by local authority for permission to withdraw care proceedings in respect of three children.

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MAGOMADOVA v. RUSSIA - 77546/14 (Judgment : Article 8 - Right to respect for private and family life : Third Section) [2018] ECHR 308 (10 April 2018)

Application by mother alleging that a refusal to issue a residence order in her favour in respect of her son had violated her right to respect for her family life.

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L (A Child), Re [2017] EWHC 3707 (Fam) (22 December 2017)

Care proceedings. Fact-finding hearing to ascertain cause of death of child. Suggested guidance given relating to future police disclosure in cases involving a death of a child or children and/or an alleged serious assault against a child or children.

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Leicestershire County Council v AB & Ors [2018] EWHC 539 (Fam) (16 March 2018)

Care proceedings concerning three children, in which both the father and the mother of two of the children were convicted of offences of Modern Day Slavery.

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Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727 (11 April 2018)

Appeal by wife against financial remedies order, on the basis that the judge failed to award her a fair share of the husband's post-separation earned income. Appeal dismissed.

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P (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 720 (11 April 2018)

Appeal against care order, arguing that the process had been fatally compromised by the court's inability to produce adequately precise findings. Appeal allowed.

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Tlapak and Others v Germany (App nos. 11308/16 and 11344/16) (European Court of Human Rights, 22 March 2018)

Public law children –Physical abuse – Practices of religious community – Removal of children and of parental rights – Whether there had been a breach of Art 8. The ECHR held that there had been no violation of Art 8 by domestic courts in removing the parental rights of parents involved in corporal punishment against their children as part of their religious beliefs.

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Wetjen and Others v Germany (App nos. 68125/14 and 72204/14) (European Court of Human Rights, 22 March 2018)

Public law children - Physical abuse – Practices of religious community – Removal of children and of parental rights – Whether there had been a breach of Art 8. The ECHR held that there had been no violation of Art 8 by domestic courts in removing the parental rights of parents involved in corporal punishment against their children as part of their religious beliefs.

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Doktorov v Bulgaria (Application no 15074/08) (European Court of Human Rights, 5 April 2018)

Private law children – Paternity – DNA test refuted paternity – Application outside of one-year time limit for challenging paternity before court – Whether there had been a breach of Art 8. The ECHR held that the domestic court’s refusal to permit the father to challenge the paternity of the child constituted a breach of Art 8.

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Jack (A Child : care and placement orders) [2018] EWFC B12 (27 March 2018)

Judgment in care and placement proceedings, written to be understandable by parents.

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Constandas v Lysandrou & Ors [2018] EWCA Civ 613 (27 March 2018)

Appeal against dismissal of TOLATA claim to a half share in a property on the grounds that when it was bought in 1959 the claimant paid a deposit of £100 and a further £500 as a down payment, which comprised half the purchase price. Appeal dismissed.

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Thompson v Ragget & Ors (Rev 1) [2018] EWHC 688 (Ch) (29 March 2018)

The claimant claimed reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 out of the estate of her late partner, who had left her nothing. An order was made which transferred one of the properties to her.

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W, Re [2018] EWCA Civ 664 (27 March 2018)

Appeal by mother against provision requiring return of children to USA even if she is refused a visa. Appeal allowed.

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