Transgender row should be reheard Court of Appeal rules

December 21, 2017 0 comments

transgender

The exclusion of a transgender woman from her children’s lives must be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has ruled. She left her family and the broader Orthodox Jewish Haredi community in Manchester two years ago after deciding to transition from male to female. Her estranged wife has refused to let the transgender woman see their…

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Toddler to be adopted by his cousin

November 13, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A toddler is to be adopted by a much older cousin despite the fact that they will only be guardians to his two older brothers. The case concerned an 18 month-old toddler referred to by the pseudonym ‘Liam’. He lived with foster parents, one of whom (the judgement does not specify which) was his cousin….

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Abuse case to be reheard after Judge changed ruling

October 21, 2015 0 comments

family law

A fact-finding hearing into the possible abuse of four children by their father is to be reheard after the Judge changed her initial ruling. Care proceedings had originally been launched in the Liverpool Family Court in October last year. The local authority had been concerned about the welfare of the children for some time. Social…

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Cohabitants: whose house is it anyway?

September 4, 2014 0 comments

Royal Courts of Justice, Court of Appeal, finding of fact

A judge has allowed a case concerning shared interest in a house between former cohabitants to be heard by the Court of Appeal. In Woodward v Ashmore, the couple began their relationship in 1985 and began cohabiting in 1989.  They changed house, once in 1991 and again in 2001 (having a son in 1993), and…

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A courtroom battle over a child’s middle name

August 28, 2013 1 comment

We are often asked about children’s names. Typically, these should not be changed without agreement from both parents.  Occasionally, however, disputes about names reach court – and the recent case of Re W (Change of Name) is one such example. In 2013, the mother of a child successfully appealed against an earlier decision that her child’s…

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Woman loses claim for maintenance 20 years after divorce

May 8, 2013 5 comments

Many a man battling maintenance claims from  former wives will cheer at a Court of Appeal ruling released today. A former aid worker who attempted to claim maintenance from the now wealthy husband she divorced more than twenty years ago has lost her case. In an unanimous ruling, the judges said her claim for financial and…

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