Mother banned from contact with daughter after abuse claims

January 3, 2018 2 comments

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A mother who repeatedly accused her ex-partner of sexual abusing their daughter has been banned from further contact with her. Sitting at the High Court, Ms Justice Russell noted that due to her “persistent and unsubstantiated” allegations, her four year-old daughter had had to endure multiple “intimate examinations” by doctors. The repeated claims had damaged…

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Mother wins appeal against relocation refusal

June 12, 2017 2 comments

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The Italian mother of a five year-old boy has won her appeal against a ruling that she cannot move back to the country with him. His father was also an Italian national. The couple had originally met as teenagers. Both later moved to the UK for work. Their son, ‘D’, was born in England in…

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Refugee status means boy cannot be returned to father

May 3, 2017 0 comments

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A now 11 year-old boy cannot be returned to his father in Pakistan becaue he and his mother have been granted asylum in the UK. The child in question, ‘A’, was born in Pakistan. Both his parents are also Pakistani nationals. They married in 2002 and A arrived nearly four years later. Eventually the father…

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Family law and the ‘non-conventional’ family

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March 21, 2017 7 comments

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What is a ‘family’? It’s a fundamental question, and one to which I suspect most people would expect a family lawyer to know the answer. However, I doubt whether many people, lawyers or not, even consider the question. To most a family (as against an ‘extended family’) consists of a mother, a father and their…

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Life-saving treatment ‘can be withdrawn’

February 15, 2017 0 comments

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Doctors may lawfully withhold treatment of a baby born with a serious heart disorder, a Judge has ruled. The baby girl, now eight months old, was born with a malformed heart in which only one chamber pumped blood. Another serious condition caused the flow of blood into her lungs to be restricted. At the High…

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Unconventional

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June 17, 2015 3 comments

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Just when you think you’ve heard it all before as a family lawyer, you realise you haven’t at all. I’ve just had a quick glance at a new judgment published on Bailii. It seemed a fairly run-of-the mill Hague Convention case, with nothing particularly unusual about it. And then I read the penultimate paragraph. A…

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