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  • Contrary to court orders, the father had wrongfully taken his son – a young man of nineteen with profound learning disabilities – to live in the USA. The mother sought an order for his return to the UK. Russell J DBE held that there were grounds for finding that a return to the UK was not in the young man's best interests. The child's future as an adult lay in the USA and these proceedings were to come to an end in recognition of that fact. The appropriate forum for any future litigation was the court in Texas. Judgment, 15/04/2019, free
  • Mother's appeal against the dismissal of her application to remove the child permanently to Africa was allowed on the ground that the judge had failed to undertake an holistic evaluation if the mother was deported. Judgment, 30/01/2019, free
  • In brief: A father (“F”) successfully opposed the lifting of a prohibited steps order preventing the mother (“M”) from leaving the jurisdiction with the child. M had already been refused permission to leave permanently and relocate to Japan (her country of origin) with the child but a PSO preventing her from going on holiday to Japan had been lifted. F successfully argued that the trial judge had failed to analyse the difficulties which may arise when seeking to enforce orders in Japan and a PSO for two years was substituted. Judgment, 02/08/2018, free
  • In brief: A mother’s (“M”) successful application to relocate with the couple’s children to Uganda. Although the relocation was agreed by the father (“F”) on the first day of the hearing, the judge noted that the court was seized of the issue and was not absolved from its task of considering whether the move was in the children’s best interests. Ancillary issues relating to the contact between F and the children were determined including the rejection of F’s application to have permission to take the children to Eriteria for one week during his time with them. Judgment, 26/07/2018, free
  • Protocol to assist when dealing with intra-UK cases News, 24/07/2018, free

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