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  • The mother requested permission to take her nine-year-old son on holiday to Brazil. The boy was living with the father in England, while the mother had previously made and then withdrawn a wrongful removal claim under the 1980 Hague Convention. Roberts J accepted the mother's evidence that she intended to ensure the child's safe return at the end of any stay in Brazil. The risk was that she would change her mind once the boy was there or be persuaded by her family not to return him. On balance, Roberts J was persuaded that the potential benefits to the child of spending time with his mother in Brazil outweighed the potential risks of a wrongful retention, provided that certain protections, including mirror orders, were in place before the visit. Judgment, 14/01/2020, free
  • Father was given permission to take the children to France for a holiday, the court holding that the benefits of the trip outweighed the negligible risk that he might abduct them to Lebanon. Judgment, 26/02/2019, free
  • First announced as International Movement of Children & Child Abduction Update. To be broadcast 1-2pm 23 November News, 25/10/2018, free
  • In brief: A successful application by a father (“F”) who opposed the mother (“M”) taking their child to Kurdistan on holiday. The court, having weighed up the benefits of the child having time with her maternal family and the risks to her health and safety, concluded that the risks were too great for the child to enable the court to agree to the trip. Judgment, 15/01/2018, free
  • Father's applications in relation to: 1) orders determining the amount of time which the children should spend with each parent; 2) whether or not the father should be permitted to remove the children from the jurisdiction of England and Wales for the general purposes of foreign travel, and specifically to visit his family in the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria (Algeria) which is a non-Hague Convention country; and 3) whether it is in the children's best interests to allow them to be circumcised in accordance with the father's Muslim practice and religious beliefs in circumstances where the mother opposes that course until such time as the children have reached an age where they are competent to give consent to such a procedure. Judgment, 18/04/2016, free

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