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 41 (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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Novotny v The Czech Republic (Application no 16314/13) (European Court of Human Rights, 7 June 2018)

The European Court of Human Rights held that the domestic courts’ refusal to permit the applicant to challenge a decision on paternity constituted a breach of Art 8 of the European Convention.

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KP v LO (Case C-83/17) (Court of Justice of the European Union, 7 June 2018)

The Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling as to the interpretation of Art 4(2) of the Hague Protocol 2007 on the law applicable to maintenance obligations as approved by the Maintenance Regulation 2009.

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Gee v Gee & Anor [2018] EWHC 1393 (Ch) (11 June 2018)

Proprietary estoppel case concerning a family farm where the son claimed that his father had promised that he would inherit the lion's share of the farm. The claim was made out.

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M-Y (Children), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 1306 (07 June 2018)

Appeals by parents from findings of fact, a final care order in respect of a 15 year old girl, and interim supervision orders in respect of 3 younger children.

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Egeneonu v Egeneonu & Anor [2018] EWHC 1392 (Fam) (06 June 2018)

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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JS v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and ZS (CSM) (Child support - other) [2018] UKUT 181 (AAC) (24 May 2018)

Appeal by NRP against decision on issue of shared care. Appeal dismissed.

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L (a child) Abduction Turkey Protective Measures under Hague 96 [2017] EWHC 3797 (Fam) (01 September 2017)

Application by father for summary return of child to turkey. Consideration of sufficiency of protective measures in Turkey under Hague 96.

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S & H-S (Children), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 1282 (06 June 2018)

Appeal by mother against care order, on the ground that the threshold criteria had not been met. Appeal dismissed. Guidance given on setting out court's findings on threshold.

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X (care and placement orders), Re [2018] EWFC B25 (11 May 2018)

Final hearing of applications for care and placement orders in relation to a two year old child.

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HH (attorney's application for retrospective approval), Re [2018] EWFC B26 (08 May 2018)

Application by attorney for retrospective approval of gifts to him from donor's accounts.

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Thompson v Thompson [2018] EWHC 1338 (Ch) (01 June 2018)

The question in this case was whether a proprietory estoppel operated in favour of the claimant son such as to give him an interest in the family farm and, if so, what interest. The judge held that the son made out his case.

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London Borough of Newham v L [2016] EWFC B125 (02 December 2016)

Care proceedings in relation to a one year old child, including issues of whether a costs order should be made against the local authority, and whether the judgment should be published with the local authority named.

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SCST v O, A & U V [2018] EWFC B24 (17 May 2018)

Final hearing of care proceedings in relation to three children.

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