Alfie Evans, court statistics, Cafcass and more

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April 6, 2018 0 comments

family law

A short week in family law The parents of Alfie Evans, the 23 month-old boy who has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable neurodegenerative condition, have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared inadmissible. Alfie’s parents were seeking to overturn a decision…

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Is adult adoption a good idea?

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March 8, 2018 0 comments

relationships

Sometimes an idea comes at you from left-field, being something that had never occurred to you previously. I may be wrong, but I cannot recall ever previously hearing of, or considering the idea of, adults being adopted. However that is just the idea that I came across the other day in a story in the…

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Children’s objections to a return order

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February 6, 2018 1 comment

family law

“The ethos of the Convention is that the courts where the children are habitually resident will decide what is best for the children on all the available evidence, and on the basis of a timescale allowing for proper enquiry and consideration in the home state; the decision about what is best for the children will…

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A derogatory prefix does not make it so

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January 8, 2018 2 comments

family courts

I don’t think that the phenomenon I am going to discuss in this post is anything new, but it is certainly something that is much more common nowadays thanks, in particular, to the delights of social media. And when the ‘leader of the free world’ indulges in it, it is only going to become even…

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High Court unable to rule on parentage of surrogate baby

January 2, 2018 1 comment

surrogacy

A man living in London cannot be declared the legal parent of a toddler born to surrogacy, the High Court has ruled. The case concerned a former same sex couple whose marriage had broken down. While still together they had commissioned a child from a surrogate mother in the United States. The resulting daughter was…

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Stowe Family Law explains prenups to huge US audience

December 1, 2017 0 comments

marriage

Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Julian Hawkhead has been quoted in popular US magazine US Weekly, discussing the possibility that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might sign a prenuptial agreement before their forthcoming wedding. US Weekly is a celebrity and entertainment-focused publication with a circulation comfortably exceeding two million. Writing for the many fans of…

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Mother must return to US with her young daughter

November 8, 2017 0 comments

family life

A mother who left her son with his father in Florida will have to return to the United States with their daughter, despite her claims of domestic abuse the High Court has ruled. The case concerned a couple of Pakistani origin. The father had lived in the United States for a number of years before…

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