Court considers role of unrelated carers in adoption

April 14, 2014 1 comment

Baby room

A woman who had been caring for a child belonging to her son’s girlfriend has lost her bid to oppose an adoption order. In Re G (A Child), the woman, called ‘AR’ in case reports, applied for permission to oppose the adoption order after caring for the now three year-old boy for 18 months. ‘G’…

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Court of Appeal considers disabled parents

April 10, 2014 0 comments

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The Court of Appeal has issued guidance on the correct approach to be taken in cases involving disabled parents. In Re C, a couple who both suffer from disabilities had successfully appealed against a full care order issued for their 17 month-old daughter, called A in case reports. She was taken into foster care shortly…

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Husband wins appeal against finding of non-disclosure

April 1, 2014 1 comment

Monopoly money

A former husband who left his job after developing depression has won his appeal against a ruling that future maintenance payments should not be limited. In N v N, the former couple had been married for nine years and had two children, both now teenagers. They separated in 2002 and their divorce was finalised in…

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The complications of a multinational relationship

February 18, 2014 4 comments

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It’s a truism that the world has shrunk in recent decades, thanks to inexpensive air travel and global communications systems. Not only are we much more likely these days to meet and marry people from other cultures, if we do we may also think nothing of moving to a third country to set up home,…

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Mother loses dual care appeals

February 11, 2014 0 comments

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A mother with a troubled background has lost a dual appeal against having her youngest child placed for adoption and refusal to let her have direct contact with an older child, who had already been taken into care. In the recently published case of S (A Child), the mother had been brought up by foster…

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Jurisdiction across two countries

February 4, 2014 0 comments

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Frank Arndt, the Head of the International Family Law Department at Stowe Family Law, recently represented the wife in a complex multinational divorce case. Jefferson v O’Connor was an appeal concerning parallel divorce proceedings in England and Spain. The case raised important issues about jurisdiction when divorce proceedings run concurrently in two member states of…

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Judge withdraws adoption orders

December 20, 2013 1 comment

Boys' shoes

The Court of Appeal has set aside placement for adoption orders for two children in a family of five. In Re A (Children), a family with five children came to the attention of social services, thanks to “a long history of alcohol and drug abuse, chaotic parenting, children who were seen to be out of…

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