New Family Division President announced

April 26, 2018 1 comment

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The next President of the Family Division has been announced. Sir Andrew Ewart McFarlane will succeed Sir James Munby on 28 July. The current President, the outspoken and high profile Sir James Munby, will retire on 27 July, his 70th birthday. Lord Justice McFarlane will also complete precisely seven years as an Appeal Court Judge…

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Man fails with 1959 property claim

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April 11, 2018 0 comments

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I practised as a family lawyer from 1983 until 2009. I recall that the ‘oldest’ case I dealt with, in terms of relevant facts, was a divorce case in which the parties had separated way back in 1966. Exactly when I dealt with the case I can’t recall, but it was probably in the late…

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Alfie Evans, court statistics, Cafcass and more

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April 6, 2018 0 comments

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A short week in family law The parents of Alfie Evans, the 23 month-old boy who has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable neurodegenerative condition, have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared inadmissible. Alfie’s parents were seeking to overturn a decision…

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Costs, pensions, domestic violence and more

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March 2, 2018 1 comment

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A week in family law The Arctic weather conditions across the country may have grabbed the headlines this week, but there were also a few significant family law news stories… First up, a mother is facing having to pay a costs bill approaching £20,000, after successfully challenging an order made in care proceedings relating to…

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Father wins appeal against mother moving to Colombia

February 15, 2018 1 comment

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The father of a three year-old boy has won his appeal against a court order allowing the mother to relocate to Colombia with their son. she had originally moved from the central American nation to London in 1999, before returning in 2004. She came back to London the following year and has lived here ever…

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Supreme Court ponders child abduction principles

February 14, 2018 1 comment

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The Supreme Court has overturned a Court of Appeal decision that two young children retained in Britain by their mother must be returned to their father in Australia. By late 2014 the parents’ marriage had run into difficulties and the British mother asked if she could make an extended visit to England with the children….

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Appeal against DNA order dismissed

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February 14, 2018 0 comments

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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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