New Family Division President announced

April 26, 2018 1 comment

law

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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High Court Judge backs calls for rethink on adoption contact

March 26, 2018 7 comments

adoption

High Court Judge Lord Justice McFarlane has backed recent calls for a more flexible approach to contact with birth parents following adoption. Giving the keynote address at the annual conference of social work organisation Nagalro, the veteran judge referred in approving terms to a recent study commissioned by the British Association of Social Workers. The…

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Surrogate mother loses care of child

November 21, 2017 2 comments

family life

A surrogate mother has lost the right to care for a child she gave birth to. The woman met a gay couple online and entered into a surrogacy agreement with them back in 2015. However, during the pregnancy she and her husband changed their minds about giving up the child, despite neither one of them…

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Mother’s appeal to keep children rejected

October 3, 2017 2 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has rejected a woman’s bid to keep her two children. The woman lived with her children at her mother’s house. The father of the seven year-old girl and 11 year-old boy did not live with them but did have regular contact. Both parents reportedly had “a very significant learning disability”, although…

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Charlie Gard’s parents lose their appeal

May 25, 2017 6 comments

family life

The parents of a chronically ill baby have lost their appeal against a ruling that doctors may cease treatment. Last month Mr Justice Francis ruled that medical staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London could legally stop providing life support to nine month-old Charlie Gard. His name – along with that of his parents…

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