Father wins appeal against care orders

June 19, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

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

contact

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

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

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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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