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  • Father's appeal against a refusal to allow him direct contact with his daughter was dismissed. Judgment, 02/08/2018, free
  • The child's maternal grandmother and aunt, who are Polish, were seeking disclosure orders as to the whereabouts of the father and the child in this country and rights of access pursuant to Article 21 of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980 after the father brought the child to the UK when the mother died. Judgment, 01/08/2018, 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
  • Plans set out in speech to Families Need Father's Conference News, 26/06/2018, free
  • In brief: The ECtHR found that the father (“F”) had been able to present his case fully to the domestic courts and that the courts’ reasons for their decision not to order that his child live with him had been relevant and sufficient. In particular, it was not convinced by F’s argument that the judge in his case had believed that small children should always be raised by their mothers. It did not find any violations of his rights under the Convention. Judgment, 15/05/2018, free

Latest know-how

  • In a tweet: A non-parent without rights granted by a court or by someone with parental rights can use Article 21 of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 19801980 Hague Convention to gain rights of access Case note, 26/10/2018, members only
  • In a tweet: Court of Appeal rules that parents of sperm donor have the right to see biological grandson Case note, 11/04/2018, members only
  • In a tweet: CoA gives guidance on approach where case involves allegations of DV Case note, 11/04/2018, members only
  • In a tweet: CoA overturn Jackson J's indirect contact only between a transgender F and her five children from the Charedi community Case note, 19/01/2018, members only
  • In a tweet: Unsuccessful appeal against a living with order Case note, 19/01/2018, members only

Latest training

  • 10 questions on the various cases summarised in the July 2017 Family Law Hub Digest CPD course, 25/08/2017, members only
  • Recording of webinar broadcast live on 23 February 2017. Webcast, 02/03/2017, members only
  • 12 questions to accompany Charlotte Trace's lecture on s8 and 11 CA applications CPD course, 06/09/2016, members only
  • In this webcast, which was recorded on 1 September 2016, Charlotte Trace, barrister at 29 Bedford Row, takes us through how to make private law Children Act applications, principally applications under section 8 of the Act (namely for contact, residence, specific issue and prohibited steps orders) and applications under section 11 for contact activity directions and conditions, and for enforcement. Webcast, 02/09/2016, members only
  • Piers Pressdee QC of 29 Bedford Row reviews the major developments within the private children law field in the last year. He focusses on the case-law, identifying the key decisions and seeking to set that case-law within context. Webcast, 24/02/2016, members only

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