The costs of unreasonable conduct in children cases

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October 18, 2017 1 comment

finances and divorce

The general rule on costs in English law is that the loser should pay the winner’s costs (lawyers refer to this rule as ‘costs follow the event’). However, that rule does not usually apply to family proceedings, in particular proceedings relating to children, because it is not considered appropriate to discourage family litigants from going…

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Disabled Muslim man ‘need not fast’ during Ramadan

June 15, 2017 0 comments

Islam, family life

A profoundly disabled Muslim man need not fast during Ramadan the Court of Protection has ruled. Thirty-nine year-old ‘IH’ was born in Pakistan a devout Sunni Muslim family, but he has lived most of his life in West Yorkshire. Amongst other problems, he suffers from severe learning difficulties, autism, a “mood disorder”, occasional loss of…

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Media allowed into Premier League star’s divorce

February 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

Former Premier League footballer Ryan Giggs has dropped plans to ban the media from court during his forthcoming divorce proceedings. The 43 year-old Welshman had applied for an order barring reporters but later decided to not pursue this, High Court Judge Mr Justice Cobb noted in a newly issued ruling on preliminary issues. Although reporting…

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Parents awarded £11K after ‘human rights breach’

February 17, 2017 3 comments

family law

The Family Court has awarded £11,250 to a couple whose human rights were breached when their baby was taken away. Mr Justice Cobb declared that social workers in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, had misled a District Judge when they sought to remove the infant boy from his parent’s care. The mother suffered from minor learning difficulties…

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