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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Christmas family conflict

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

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As a legal practitioner here at Stowe Family Law LLP, specialising particularly in private cases involving children, I am always conscious at this time of the year that the Christmas period can be very difficult for some families: particularly if they are separated and the parents can’t agree on arrangements for their children over the…

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Mother has domestic abuse findings reopened

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November 2, 2017 2 comments

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It is a feature of family law that certain events can lead to proceedings in both the civil and criminal courts. What happens if the two courts make different findings in relation to the same event? That, essentially (subject to what I say below), was what happened in the recent High Court case Re LG…

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Teen brothers to live with wealthy father in Switzerland

October 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

The teenage sons of a wealthy Russian industrialist should be allowed to move to Switzerland to live with him despite their mother’s reluctance, the High Court has ruled. The boys in question were aged 15 and 13. Unsurprisingly their mother, with whom they’d been living, opposed the idea of the brothers moving to Switzerland. In…

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Parents at loggerheads over mother’s career plans

August 7, 2017 0 comments

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The mother of an eight year-old boy should be allowed to continue living in the Middle East despite the father’s opposition, a family court has ruled. ‘FW’ is, said William Tyler QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge: “…an outgoing, markedly articulate, intelligent, companionable and resilient boy who greatly loves both of his parents.”…

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Extended duration children orders

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May 4, 2017 30 comments

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Child arrangements orders usually last until the child reaches the age of sixteen. However, in exceptional cases the court can make an order beyond that age. The question, then, is what constitutes ‘exceptional’? A recent decision of the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland throws a little light on this. In Fergus v Marcail…

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House of Commons publishes guide to contact orders

May 2, 2017 12 comments

family law

The House of Commons Library has published a guide to residence and contact for parents and grandparents. The Library conducts research and publishes information on a variety of legal topics for MPs to use when adivising their constituents. Children: residence and contact court orders and related matters for parents, grandparents and others explains these legal…

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