MEPs consider children in international divorce cases

January 23, 2018 1 comment

child abduction

The European Parliament has proposed that experienced family law judges be given responsibility for dealing with cases involving child abduction between member states. This would help to ensure the process of recovery remains focused on the best interests of the child, MEPs believe. In addition, they suggest, children should be given a greater say in…

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9 year-old ‘should be allowed to travel with mother’

January 10, 2018 2 comments

family law

A nine year-old boy should be allowed to travel abroad with his mother describe her acrimonious relationship with his father, a Judge has ruled. In the Family Court sitting at Oxford, Her Honour Judge Vincent described ‘A’ as “a happy, intelligent boy, who enjoys school and is popular with his classmates.” His father is British…

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Abducted children could be stranded after Brexit

August 22, 2017 2 comments

child abduction

Children abducted abroad by alienated parents could be stranded if Britain and the EU cease judicial cooperation following the departure of the UK. In a newly published policy paper, the government sets out its hopes for cooperation between English and EU member state courts after Brexit, and outlines possible outcomes if negotiations end without an…

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Father’s rights breached by failure of Russian courts

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July 24, 2017 1 comment

children and divorce

I seem to be writing a series of posts concerning European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cases in which the applicant complains of the failure of their (or other) national authorities to uphold their rights in connection with family-related issues. I have written several times about fathers who have complained about failures, or alleged failures,…

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