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  • Application, among others, to make two children, born under a surrogacy agreement, wards of court in circumstances where no parental order had been made transferring parental responsibility from the surrogate parents and child arrangements needed to be settled after the mother with care remarried. Judgment, 26/06/2018, free
  • An unsuccessful application by a father (“F”) to return the child to Iran in circumstances where F was found to be controlling and manipulative and not to be trusted to encourage the relationship between the child and mother (“M”). There was no prospect of safeguards being agreed; and no prospect of even the beginnings of those safeguards being implemented; there was no safeguard that anything the English courts imposed carrying weight; but there was a significant and real prospect that F, once he had achieved his objective of the return of the child to Iran, would set about frustrating the safeguards which had been put in place to achieve that end. Judgment, 12/12/2017, free
  • Mother was objecting to the renewal of British passports for her 3 daughters who were wrongfully removed by the father to Australia over 10 years ago and two of whom were still wards of court. Her main concern was that if their British passports were renewed, they may disappear again with the father to a different country. The court extended both the children's wardship and the order restraining renewal of the British passports for a period of one month, that being a sufficient period to enable the mother to apply to the Australian court to prevent the children from leaving Australia. Judgment, 16/03/2017, free
  • The mother was seeking the father's extradition from Nigeria, arguing that the father was in contempt of court, having breached various court orders, in particular, by failing to return their children to this country and by himself fleeing abroad to Nigeria. For that purpose she was seeking a declaration that the contempts of which the father had been found guilty were criminal and not merely civil. She put her case on two bases: the contempts, she said, (i) related to wards of court and (ii) involved interference with the administration of justice. The application was dismissed. Judgment, 18/01/2017, free
  • Application by a father for the discharge of long-running wardship proceedings concerning his daughter. The father had been committed to prison on several occasions for not complying with court orders to reveal whereabouts in Egypt his daughter resided and to allow contact with the mother. The application was dismissed. Judgment, 17/01/2017, free

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