A continental perspective and a shuttlecock baby

Sometimes couples naively think that having a child together will cement their relationship when nothing could be further from the truth, particularly when they are trying in vain to live together in their respective countries and failing spectacularly in both, as a couple discovered in the newly published case of Re L[2012] EWCA Civ 1157.

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I’ve got (section) thirty seven problems, but a ***** ain’t one

A discussion about section 37 of the Children Act 1989 and the pending appeal on Re K (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1169.

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Can’t pay, won’t pay?

Marilyn Stowe looks at the recently published case of Winter v Winter [2010] EWHC 3825.

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I wish I was Special, you’re so very Special (Guardians)

Some musings on Special Guardianship, and particularly what the ‘character’ of such placements are when it comes to working out level of contact.

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C (A Child): An incredibly rare order

C (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1144, reported today on Family Law Week, concerned Hague Convention proceedings and the unusual circumstance of a child changing her mind about returning to live with her father in Canada.

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You never know when it might just… Buckaroo!

A discussion of whether too much weight is being put on the back of North Yorkshire County Council v B 2007, and whether there is such a thing as a ‘ruling out’ hearing at interlocutory stage.

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what should you do if social services steal your children?

Practical and sensible advice for parents involved in care proceedings.

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In their best interests, part two: the alarming case of C (A Child)

Today’s case, C (A Child), Re [2012] EW Misc 15 (CC), also concerns a parent’s wishes pitted against a child’s.

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In their best interests: at what point should children make their own decisions?

Marilyn Stowe reviews the recent cases of NHS Trust v Baby X and L v P (Paternity Test: Child’s Objection).

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What happens when the validity of a marriage is questioned?

When is a marriage a marriage? Can it be a legal marriage if it didn’t begin as one? When is a marriage void? Or, if it is not a void marriage, when is it a non-marriage? Marilyn provides the answers.

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Hobson’s choice – voluntary or compulsory removal of a child?

Discussion of Re CA (A Baby) [2012] EWHC 2190 (Fam) (30 July 2012).

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Acting for other solicitors

Lawyers instructing their peers in divorce proceedings should remember that family 
litigation is based on more flexible principles and with a different type of objective 
than other disputes, says Marilyn Stowe.

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“When they begin, to intervene…”

Two important cases on Interveners in fact-finding hearings, or “Re T for two”.

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Judge decides that Jewish girl could be baptised

A commentary by David Hart QC upon the case Re C (A Child) [2012] EW Misc 15 (CC).

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Surrogacy: a special case?

Marilyn writes: I am delighted to publish a post today by Cameron Paterson, a journalist with an interest in legal matters. He has written about a new case in the High Court, involving the breakdown of a marriage between husband and wife who are also the parents of a child, born to them via a surrogate mother.

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Mr Justice Ryder proposes to overhaul our family courts

Marilyn Stowe discusses Mr Justice Ryder's proposals for the modernisation of family justice.

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A trilogy of important family law cases

"In this post I draw attention to some recent cases which illustrate the immensely difficult work undertaken by the judges in the High Court's Family Division and in the Court of Protection."

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