No contact order for mother mistaken, Court of Appeal rules

January 29, 2016 3 comments

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An acrimonious family dispute in which a judge failed to order contact between a mother and her teenage daughter must be reheard, the Court of Appeal has ruled. F (Children) concerned a cohabiting couple. They separated in January last year, with the mother initially leaving the two children, aged 13 and three, with the father…

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Father wins appeal against care orders

June 19, 2015 0 comments

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A father of four who opposed plans to adopt his youngest child has succeeded in a legal bid against the proposal. In H (Children), the youngsters’ mother suffered “substantial difficulties with her mental well-being”, in the words of Lord Justice McFarlane at the Court of Appeal, and as a result was unable to look after…

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Court dismissed mother’s contact appeal

May 29, 2015 0 comments

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The mother of a three year-old girl has failed in a bid to prevent her father from seeing his child. A (A Child) concerned a couple who had been married since 2009. Their daughter, ‘R’, was born in January 2012 and the couple moved into a new home shortly afterwards. But their relationship had begun…

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Children to be removed from grandparents, court rules

May 15, 2015 0 comments

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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

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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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