Mother has domestic abuse findings reopened

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November 2, 2017 2 comments

family law

It is a feature of family law that certain events can lead to proceedings in both the civil and criminal courts. What happens if the two courts make different findings in relation to the same event? That, essentially (subject to what I say below), was what happened in the recent High Court case Re LG…

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New senior liaison judge for the Family Division

October 17, 2017 0 comments

law

Veteran Judge Mr Justice Baker has been appointed Senior Liaison Judge for the Family Division. Family Division liaison judges supervise individual judges on their court circuit, deciding which cases they will hear and where they will sit. In his new role, Mr Justice Baker will have supervisory responsibility for the other liaison judges. Meanwhile he…

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Father fails in bid to remove judge

August 14, 2017 4 comments

A father caught up in an acrimonious contact dispute has been refused permission to force the judge to leave the case. The parents in question married back in 2010 but separated three years later. Their daughter, ‘E’, was born in 2011, and after the divorce both parents initially shared care, with the father looking after…

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The need for accuracy

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May 8, 2017 3 comments

contact, family law

To some, the case of Re A (A Child) (Error of Fact in Judgment) may seem like a waste of precious court time, not to mention legal fees, but sometimes complete accuracy in a judgment is important. The case concerned a father’s contact with his fourteen year old daughter, ‘A’. Although the judgment does not…

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Brexit, divorce and more

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March 24, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The High Court has held that a ten year old boy, who has been brought up as a Muslim, must attend an Islamic faith school in London, despite his father’s objections. The father described himself as an “Anglo-Saxon” atheist, said he wanted his son to have a secular education.  His…

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Girl must be brought back to England, court rules

March 23, 2017 0 comments

child contact

The mother of a primary school pupil has been refused permission to appeal against an order that she must be returned to England from Northern Ireland. In AH v DT, the parents had a two year relationship which ended in 2014, following the birth of a daughter, ‘E’. The situation then became acrimonious. The mother…

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