Bulgarian man wins ECHR paternity case

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April 9, 2018 2 comments

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A law that required him to pay maintenance for child that was not his breached his human rights. In this country, and no doubt in many others, there is a presumption that a man married to a child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth is the father of the child. This has the…

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Appeal against DNA order dismissed

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February 14, 2018 0 comments

family life

Sometimes it is interesting to follow a case through from the original decision of the court to an appeal, especially where that original decision could be considered somewhat controversial. Back in April 2016 I wrote here about the case Spencer v Anderson (Paternity Testing: Jurisdiction), which concerned an application by a man for a declaration…

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MPs consult on surrogacy law change

December 8, 2017 1 comment

family law

A government committee has launched a consultation on changes to surrogacy laws which would allow single people to become parents. Section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 is the applicable legislation. Currently this states that anyone applying for a parental order to transfer the status of parents from the surrogate mother to…

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Council apologises for wrongfully taking a child into care

August 1, 2017 2 comments

children in care

Gloucestershire County Council has apologised following the wrongful removal of a baby from its parents. The case concerned a one year-old toddler who was taken from the care of the mother “wrongly and without prior notice”, on June 1 this year. The removal was in breach of a previously agreed care order specifying that if…

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