Children to be removed from grandparents, court rules

May 15, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The grandparents of two young children have lost an appeal against a decision to remove them from their care. The case concerned a five year old girl, ‘L’, and her younger brother J, who is four. Sitting in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice McFarlane explained the children’s background: “They had the misfortune to be…

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High Court allows appeal against care order

March 20, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that a one-year-old boy should be placed for adoption. In J (A Child), the boy was born when his mother was just 16 years old. She had spent much of the previous three years in care and was reportedly sexually abused while living in a care home….

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Businessman says he cannot make maintenance payments

March 5, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

A prominent Malaysian businessman going through a high profile divorce has claimed he cannot pay court-ordered maintenance due to problems with his cash flow. Khoo Kay Peng, now in his mid-70s, is chairman of major investment group Malaysia United Industries, owner of a majority stake in retailer Laura Ashley. Reports suggest Mr Peng is one…

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Denying a father contact by John Bolch

December 16, 2014 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A basic principle of family law is that it is almost always in the interests of a child to have contact with the parent with whom the child is not living. This has been made clear by the courts on many occasions: a prominent recent example being the Court of Appeal’s decision in Re W…

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Former wife of businessman facing eviction, she claims

November 11, 2014 1 comment

London, divorce

The ex-wife of a successful mining broker is facing homelessness because, she claims, he has ceased paying the rent on her home. David and Shelley Mann divorced in 1999. In the couples’ financial settlement, Mrs Mann was awarded the former matrimonial home in Hampstead as well as substantial maintenance payments. However, she alleges that he…

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Grandparents loose appeal against care orders

October 13, 2014 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The maternal grandparents of four children have failed in a bid to prevent them from being taken into care. In the Matter of K and KT concerned “long running” care proceedings in relation to three boys and their little sister. The eldest boy was approaching his sixth birthday, while his younger brothers were four and…

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Father denied appeal against indirect contact order

August 8, 2014 0 comments

indirect contact order

A Turkish father has failed in his appeal against an order for ‘indirect contact’ with his 11 year old son. An indirect contact order limits a parent’s communication with their child to letters, cards and presents which are delivered through a third party. Such an order is usually made when there is concern for the…

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