The list below is of key judgments published this year. Click the folders on the left hand side to browse the archive of judgments now available on the site since we started publishing in 2005.
- Re P (A Child)  EWHC 1146 (Fam)
Judgment by President in 'forced caesarean' case approving the adoption of the daughter.
- W (Children) (Contact Dispute) (No 2)  EWCA Civ 401
Appeal by father against order dismissing his application for a residence order and refusal to order direct contact between the father and his children. Appeal dismissed.
- L v M  EWHC 4299 (Fam)
Judgment with regard to disputed allegations in proceedings where the father had removed the children from the jurisdiction without the knowledge of the mother.
- JP v NP  EWHC 1101 (Fam)
Appeal by wife against an order which set aside, for want of jurisdiction, an order in financial remedy proceedings. Application allowed and costs granted against the husband.
- J, A, M and X (Children)  EWHC 4648 (Fam)
Application by local authority to withdraw its application for care orders at the start of a fact-finding hearing in respect of four children. Consideration of the factors which should be included in the court's evaluation. Application granted.
- Re S (A Child)  EWCC B44 (Fam)
Judgment by President in care proceedings in which the mother applied for an assessment under s 38(6) of the Children Act 1989. Consideration of Children and Families Act 2014 s 38(7A) and (7B) and the scope for extending the 26 week time limit. Application dismissed.
- A & B v P Council  EWHC 1128 (Fam)
Judgment concerning a preliminary issue in adoption proceedings brought by child’s stepfather as to whether the child’s natural father should be notified of the adoption application.
- JM v CZ  EWHC 1125 (Fam)
Judgment on costs arising out of proceedings under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996. Mostyn J also gives consideration to section 45(3) of the Family Law Act 1996 and the general principles that should apply on an ex parte application.
- J-M (Child)  EWCA Civ 434
Appeal by father against an order refusing his application for direct contact with his 14 year old son. Appeal dismissed.
- EDG v RR  EWHC 816 (Fam)
Judgment concerning the procedure on an application to enforce a foreign maintenance order.
- MET HAT ( No 2)  EWHC 717 (Fam)
Further judgment in proceedings under Part III of Matrimonial Family and Proceedings Act 1984 concerning applications for maintenance pending suit and a legal services payment order.
- Luckwell v Limata  EWHC 1035 (Fam)
Further judgment in financial remedy proceedings concerning the funding of capital gains tax arising on the sale of a property and how that might affect the net proceeds of sale.
- Re B (Secure accommodation: Inherent jurisdiction) (No. 2)  EWHC 4655 (Fam)
Order to continue a secure accommodation placement of a 17 year old pursuant to the inherent jurisdiction.
- Re B (Secure accommodation: Inherent jurisdiction) (No. 1)  EWHC 4654 (Fam)
Application by local authority for a secure accommodation order under the inherent jurisdiction of the court in respect of a 17 year old girl. Leave granted to the local authority to apply for relief under the inherent jurisdiction.
- Re A (A Child)  EWHC 920 (COP)
Application by an NHS Foundation Trust for declarations in respect of the treatment of a 15 year old girl who was suffering from persistent vomiting which had led to life threatening weight loss. The proposed course of treatment was opposed by the child and the Mother. Declarations granted and patient made ward of court.
- MB v GK  EWHC 963 (Fam)
Judgment considering the weight to be given to parental intention in determining whether the habitual residence of an infant has changed.
- M v W  EWHC 925 (Fam)
Application bywife for financial provision pursuant to Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 and application by husband that it should be struck out. Held that the court had jurisdiction to hear the wife's application but that it should be struck out.
- London Borough of Hounslow v AM & Others  EWHC 999 (Fam)
Application by mother for transfer of care proceedings to Hungary pursuant to Art 15 Brussels IIR. Re M  EWCA Civ 152 considered. Application adjourned.
- Re G (A Child)  EWCA Civ 432
Application by non-parent who had cared for child until his removal under care and placement orders for leave to oppose adoption. Consideration of the legal route for a person who is not a parent or guardian to seek to participate within adoption proceedings.
- London Borough of Redbridge v G & Others (No 2)  EWHC 959 (COP)
Judgment concerning interlocutory issues relating to the role of a responsible local authority in proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the function of the Court of Protection, and the right of people affected by, or subject of, the proceedings to speak publicly about them.
- GE v KE & Another  EWHC 1938 (Fam)
Application for a declaration as to the subsistence of a customary marriage in the Igbo culture of Nigeria. Application refused.
- C (A Child)  EWCA Civ 204
Appeal from the setting aside of a consent order for the summary return of a child pursuant to the provisions of the Hague Convention.
- Kinderis v Kineriene (No 2)  EWHC 693 (Fam)
Application under Hague Convention for return of child to Lithuania. Objections raised under Art 13 of the Convention. Re E  UKSC 27 applied. Application refused.
- CC v NC  EWHC 703 (Fam)
Application by wife for maintenance pending suit. Wife awarded MPS of £170,000 per annum.
- Bristol City Council v AA and Another  EWHC 1022 (Fam)
Issue of child’s habitual residence and the appropriate jurisdiction under Brussels II Revised.
- MW and Hertfordshire County Council v A and Others  EWCA Civ 405
Appeal by local authority and father of two children placed in the care of their maternal uncle and aunt, residing in Poland, subject to a special guardianship order. Appeal dismissed and costs awarded against the local authority.
- US v SR  EWHC 175 (Fam)
Judgment in financial remedy proceedings involving, principally, OS v DS fact-finding exercise concerning alleged misconduct, unauthorised property dealings and non-disclosure. Findings of litigation misconduct made, but costs of the OS v DS hearing reserved to the final hearing.
- R (A Child)  EWCA Civ 270
Appeal by a father against findings of fact. Observations by the Court of Appeal re. the weight to be attached to flawed ABE interview and the threshold for dislodging findings of fact on appeal.
- H (A Child)  EWCA Civ 271
A maternal Grandmother appealed within private law proceedings against an order that there be no direct contact with her grandchild who lived with the mother.
- Richards v Wood & Wood  EWCA Civ 327
Dispute as to the interpretation and enforcement of a declaration of trust in relation to a property purchased pursuant to the right to buy scheme.
- Re B (A Child) (1980 Hague Convention Proceedings)  EWCA Civ 375
Appeal from a return order made in Hague Convention proceedings in relation to a 10 year old child who was subject to an interim care order in the UK
- N v N  EWCA Civ 314
Appeal of decision to set aside order for further maintenance pending suit (as a result of husband’s material non-disclosure). Appeal allowed and the order of 2009 reinstated.
- Cambra v Jones & Palacin  EWHC 913 (Fam)
Judgment in Hague Convention proceedings, explaining why child should participate as a party to proceedings considering the committal of mother for breach of order to return children to Spain.
- Re A (A Child)  EWHC 604 (Fam)
Application by father under the Hague Convention for the return of his son to Latvia, following the commencement of care proceedinsg in respect of the child. Held that the English court had no jurisdiction to deal with the care proceedings and the child should be returned to Latvia.
- Re D (A Child)  EWCA Civ 315
Appeal from a decision by Baker J (CW v SG  EWHC 854 (Fam)) within private law Children Act 1989 proceedings to terminate the father’s parental responsibility in respect of his 8 years old child (D) on the application of the mother. Appeal dismissed.
- Re S (A Child: Care Order)  EWHC 529 (Fam)
Application for a further adjournment so that the mother, living in Pakistan, could be assessed was refused and a final care order was made.
- Re N (A Minor)  EWHC 749 (Fam)
Applications under Hague Convention on the civil aspects of child abduction for summary return of child to Spain and under Brussels II Rev. for recognition and enforcement of Spanish order..
- FQ v MQ  EWHC 441 (Fam)
Judgment relating to the jurisdiction of the court in England and Wales to deal with issues to relating to children who had moved to this jurisdiction from USA.
- FQ v MQ & Others  EWHC 4149 (Fam)
Father’s application for summary return of his two children to the USA; resisted by mother. Application dismissed as, under Article 12, they are settled here and it would not be in their interests to return them to America.
- SMD v LMD  EWHC 302 (Fam)
Application by father for contact with his daughter following findings of fact adverse to the father. No order as to contact. Section 91(14) order made.
- SMD v LMD  EWHC 4611 (Fam)
Fact-finding hearing in respect of child involved in proceedings relating to contact.
- MD v CT  EWHC 871 (Fam)
Appeal pursuant to Brussels II Revised against the registration and enforcement of a French custody order. Appeal allowed.
- Re G (Children)  EWCA Civ 336
Appeal against refusal to grant a shared residence order as a means to confer parental responsibility on one party in relation to children born as result of egg donation between parties in a same sex relationship.
- H v H  EWHC 760 (Fam)
Husband’s application to terminate joint lives periodical payments order of £150,000 per annum made in favour of the wife in 2006.
- Matthews v Matthews  EWCA Civ 1874
Financial remedies appeal against dismissal of the wife’s application for nominal spousal maintenance
- Leicester City Council v Chhatbar & Another  EWHC 830 (Fam)
Judgment as to whether a child was habitually resident in England and Wales on a date on which he was made a ward of court. Held, applying Re A (Jurisdiction Return of Child)  UKSC 60, that he was so habitually resident.
- Chai v Peng  EWHC 750 (Fam)
Application for further maintenance pending suit by the wife. Application granted and the husband ordered to pay the wife £170,000 before the end of April 2014.
- Re F (A Child)  EWCA Civ 275
Appeal from a decision within proceedings under the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985 refusing permission for an expert to be instructed to assess the mother’s mental health and its impact on her ability to care for the child if a summary return was to be ordered.
- FB v IB  EWHC 759 (Fam)
Judgment in Hague Convention proceedings brought by father who contended that he had not consented to the children's relocation from the USA to England. Declining to exercise inherent jurisdiction to order the return of the children, the court made residence orders in respect of both children in favour of the mother.
- P (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) v Cheshire West and Chester Council and another; P and Q (by their litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) v Surrey County Council  UKSC 19
Two appeals to the Supreme Court concerning the criteria for judging whether the living arrangements made for a mentally incapacitated person amount to a deprivation of liberty. Both appeals allowed.
- Tan v Choy  EWCA Civ 251
Appeal by wife in divorce and financial proceedings against finding of habitual residence and determination of jurisdiction in England and Wales pursuant to Article 3(1)(a) of Brussels IIR and a refusal to refer the matter to Court of Justice of the European Union for preliminary ruling and a refusal to stay proceedings. Appeal dismissed.
- Bhura v Bhura & Others  EWHC 727 (Fam)
Application by wife for declarations that two properties were wholly or mainly beneficially owned by the husband notwithstanding that legal title to the properties was held in the names of the husband’s family members. Applications dismissed.
- A County Council v L  EWHC 730 (Fam)
High Court application for care order – threshold met by virtue of child being victim of trafficking– additional support for trafficked child
- Re X and Y (Children: Disclosure of Judgment to Police)  EWHC 278 (Fam)
Application by father to restrain a local authority from disclosing to the police transcripts of two earlier judgments in long-running care proceedings concerning two children. Application refused.
- Re M-M (A Child)  EWCA Civ 276
Cross appeals in relation to award of financial provision under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 in a case where the Father lived in France. Mother's appeal dismissed but Father's cross appeal allowed to a limited extent.
- Ahmed v Mustafa  EWCA Civ 277
Appeal concerning jurisdiction to prevent a party to a marriage pursuing fresh financial remedies applications in another jurisdiction where a final order had already been made in this jurisdiction
- D v K and B  EWHC 700 (Fam)
Judgment in private law children proceedings where the applicant mother, who had alleged rape by the respondent father, was legally aided and the respondent was not.
- Gohil v Gohil  EWCA Civ 274
Appeal from order setting aside an award of financial relief on the basis of material non-disclosure and listing a re-hearing of the wife’s claims. Consideration by the Court of Appeal of the extent of the jurisdiction of the Court of first instance to set aside financial orders and the relevance of the principles in Ladd v Marshall  1 WLR 1489 to such applications.
- JP v LP & Others  EWHC 595 (Fam)
High Court application under the Children Act 1989 and the inherent jurisdiction, arising out of the need to regularise the status of parties following the making of an informal surrogacy arrangement.
- Re F (Abduction: Consent)  EWHC 484 (Fam)
Application under the Hague Child Abduction Convention to return a child to Denmark
- Ivleva v Yates  EWHC 554 (Fam)
Wife’s application for the recognition of a divorce granted in Ukraine on 9th October 2013 and the dismissal of divorce proceedings brought in this jurisdiction by the Husband’ in April 2013.
- Re SJ (A Child) (Habitual Residence: Application to Set Aside )  EWHC 58 (Fam)
Judgment of Parker J on the issue of whether proceedings concerning a 9 year old girl should be heard in England or Spain, and whether the child should be returned to England from Spain.
- Re R (Children: Temporary Leave to Remove from Jurisdiction)  EWHC 643 (Fam)
Application for temporary leave to remove to non-Hague Convention country (India). Application refused. Criticism by the court of the Legal Aid Agency’s refusal to fund a report from an expert on Indian family law in spite of repeated directions that the court considered the report a necessary disbursement on the parties’ public funding certificates.
- Re M (Children)  EWHC 667 (Fam)
Judgment addressing significant delay in holding a fact finding hearing in private law proceedings, and the need for a further adjournment. The judge also considered the definition of religious ‘radicalisation’ in the context of child welfare.
- Warren v CARE  EWHC 602 (Fam)
Application by widow for a declaration that it is lawful for the sperm of her late husband to be stored for a period of up to 55 years notwithstanding that he had not complied with the 2009 regulations in certain respects. Declaration granted.
- Y v Z  EWHC 650 (Fam)
Appeal by mother against injunction forbidding disclosure of information and documents in Schedule 1 proceedings. Father had failed to disclose receipt of £111,000 and mother sought to disclose to Police / CPS and Financial Conduct Authority. Appeal dismissed.
- Re M (A Child)  EWCA Civ 226
Appeal by the children's guardian against the recorder's decision to decline to make care and placement orders sought by the local authority and instead to make a residence order. Appeal dismissed.
- Rubin v Rubin  EWHC 611 (Fam)
Applications by wife, in respect of costs already incurred, for (1) Legal Services Payment Order pursuant to Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, s22ZA; and (2) pursuant to Children Act 1989, Sch 1 para 1(2)(c) to cover the costs incurred in Hague Convention 1980 proceedings.
- Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust v LM  EWHC 454 (COP)
Application in the Court of Protection for a declaration that it would be lawful to withhold blood transfusion from a patient who was a Jehovah's Witness.
- S v S  EWHC 575 (Fam)
Father’s successful application, pursuant to the inherent jurisdiction of the court, for the summary return of his two year old child to Bermuda after the mother had retained the child in this jurisdiction following a holiday.
- N v K (No 2)  EWHC 507 (Fam)
Judgment explaining the mechanics of international judicial liaison, and why it has thus far failed in this case.
- Ilott v Mitson & Others  EWHC 542 (Fam)
Appeal by an estranged daughter under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 against quantum of award made at first instance. Appeal dismissed.
- B-G (A Child)  EWHC 444 (Fam)
Application for a parental order under section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008
- Surrey CC v ME and Others  EWHC 489 (Fam)
Application for a reporting restriction order in respect of five young people or children subject of care proceedings where the father of the three youngest children has been killed and criminal proceedings have been commenced in respect of that death.
- Mann v Mann  EWHC 537 (Fam)
Judgment in financial remedy proceedings in which the husband had failed to make payments agreed under the Court of Appeal mediation scheme. The wife issued a statutory demand in respect of the sums owed but the demand was withdrawn on the agreement that the matter was be resolved by further mediation. Such mediation did not take place, each party blaming the other. Ungley Order made.
- Re S (A Child)  EWCA 135
Appeal by father against care and placement orders on the basis that the orders were not compliant with Re B-S. Appeal allowed, interim care order substituted and case remitted for further consideration. Costs awarded against the local authority.
- Luckwell v Limata  EWHC 536 (Fam)
Husband’s application within financial remedies proceedings for the wife’s father to be excluded from court during part of the cross-examination of the wife.
- Luckwell v Limata  EWHC 502 (Fam)
Financial remedies case involving consideration of the weight to be attributed to a pre-marital agreement as well as whether the hearing should take place in public
- Y (A Child: Private Law: Fact Finding)  EWHC 486 (Fam)
Fact finding hearing in private law proceedings brought by the father for contact. Allegations made by parents against each other.
- MW (A Child)  EWHC 385 (Fam)
Application for leave to apply for an adoption order in respect of a child who is 17: s.42 Adoption and Children Act 2002.
- SAB (A Child)  EWHC 384 (Fam)
Application by father for contact with his child who was living with the mother and her civil partner. Dispute as to whether the father intended only to be a sperm donor.
- Re M (A Child)  EWCA Civ 152
Appeal involving consideration of Article 15 Brussels II Revised and when requests to member states to assume jurisdiction ought to be made
- SA v PA (Pre-marital agreement: Compensation)  EWHC 392 (Fam)
Financial remedies case in which the Husband contended that the parties were bound by a Dutch pre-marital agreement and the wife argued for a compensatory payment by virtue of her having given up a high powered career
- Re J and K (Children: Private Law)  EWHC 330 (Fam)
Judgment in long-running private law children proceedings involving issues of parental responsibility, residence and contact in respect of twin boys, detailing the measures which helped to resolve it.
- Grocholewska-Mullins v Mullins  EWCA 148
Appeal by wife in financial remedy proceedings where the court had ordered payment by the husband, in three instalments, of a capitalised sum of £300,000 in lieu of periodical payments; appeal as to the staging of the instalments. Appeal allowed and order varied to effect the husband's offer to make continuing periodical payments.
- Hope v Krejci  EWHC B5 (Fam)
Application by wife for committal of husband for contempt of court arising from his failure to comply with financial remedy orders. Contempt proved and committal to prison ordered but suspended pending payment of outstanding sums to the wife.
- Harrow v Afzal  EWHC 303 (Fam) (sentencing remarks)
Sentencing remarks of Keehan J in case involving contempt of court by maternal grandfather in proceedings involving a 3 month old baby who had been unlawfully removed from the jurisdiction
- Harrow v Afzal  EWHC 303 (Fam)
Application by local authority in which it was alleged that grandparents were in contempt of court for not providing relevant information and/or securing the return of a baby who had been removed from the jurisdiction
- A Local Authority v Mrs D & Another  EWHC B34 (COP)
Judgment approving an agreed order compromising a claim for remedies under s.8 Human Rights Act 1998, which included a sum in damages, for alleged breaches of a party's rights under Articles 5 and 8 ECHR.
- Prospective Adopters v IA & Others  EWHC 331 (Fam)
Application by father on the basis of a change of circumstances caused by judgments in Re B and Re B-S for (i) permission to oppose the making of an adoption order and/or (ii) stay of the application pending determination of his application to the ECtHR. Permission to oppose the adoption order granted and consequently application for stay dismissed as unnecessary.
- Ray v Sekhri  EWCA Civ 119
Appeal by husband against an order that the court in England and Wales has jurisdiction to entertain a divorce petition issued by his wife on the grounds, he claimed, that neither party was habitually resident or domiciled in the jurisdiction on the date that it was issued. Appeal dismissed.
- Re NL (A Child) (Appeal: Interim Care Order: Facts and Reasons)  EWHC 270 (Fam)
Appeal by a mother against the interim removal of her newborn baby
- SA v BN  EWHC 4417 (Fam)
Application by father for parental responsibility and contact in respect of his 3 year old daughter, requiring a determination as to whether the child is alive or, as the mother and maternal grandfather asserted, the child had died.
- Swansea v XZ & Anor  EWHC 212 (Fam)
Application by local authority to extend a reporting restriction order.
- RK v SV  EWHC 4386 (Fam)
Father’s application for extended contact and rescission of an order granting the mother leave to remove the child from the jurisdiction (he sought a residence order at the final hearing)
- Re C (A Child)  EWCA Civ 70
Second appeal to Court of Appeal in public law proceedings - appeal allowed on the basis of procedural irregularities involved in the first appeal from District Judge of the Principal Registry to High Court Judge
- K v B  EWHC
Application under the Hague Convention by mother for the summary return of her son, aged 15 years 6 months, to Hungary following his wrongful retention by the father. In view of the child's objections to a return, the application was declined.
- Re P (Findings of Fact)  EWCA Civ 89
Appeal against finding that a child had suffered a non-accidental injury where perpetrator’s lies were used to bolster equivocal medical evidence. Consideration of interplay between medical and non-medical evidence in NAI cases.
- S v S  EWCA Civ 95
Wife’s appeal against Bennett J’s dismissal of her application to resume the hearing of her financial provision claim, following the parties reaching settlement on terms, which the Wife claimed were vitiated by the Husband’s material non-disclosure Moore-Bick LJ and Macur LJ dismissed the appeal, with Briggs LJ delivering a dissenting judgment.
- Re D (A Child)  EWHC 121 (Fam)
Fact finding hearing in care proceedings in respect of an oxygen-dependent child in order to determine whether the oxygen supply had been turned off and, if so, by whom. Consideration as to the principles to be applied in such cases.
- S (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1835
Appeal by mother against care order and authorisation to place S for adoption. Permission to appeal refusal of application for direct contact with Y. Appeal dismissed and permission to appeal refused.
- RC v CC & Anor  EWHC 131 (COP)
Appeal of refusal to allow the Applicant in Court of Protection proceedings (biological mother of the incapacitated adult in question) to see social work statements prepared for the purpose of the proceedings.
- Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v AA & Ors  EWHC 132 (Fam)
Application by hospital trust to invoke the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court for declaratory relief in relation to serious medical treatment for a pregnant protected party. Declaration granted.
- RO v A Local Authority & Ors  EWHC 97 (Fam)
High Court application for placement order and permission to place a child with relatives in the USA. Application arising following previous judgment dismissing father’s application for residence following death of the mother Case linked to RO v A local authority and Ors  EWHC B31 (Fam)
- RO v Local Authority & Others  EWHC B31 (Fam)
High Court applications by father for residence and contact – mother deceased
- Re X, Y and Z  EWHC 87 (COP)
Conjoined care proceedings and Court of Protection proceedings concerning three children of a woman lacking mental capacity, in which care orders were made in respect of the children and the mother's deputy was authorised to make payments to the children's nanny from the mother's trust fund.
- Shield v Shield  EWHC 23 (Fam)
Financial remedies preliminary issue hearing to determine whether the husband held a shareholding in the family business on trust for his son (the intervenor) and whether the shares were available as a resource of the husband
- IM v LM & Others  EWCA Civ 37
Appeal by mother of an adult woman against a decision that she did have capacity to consent to sexual relations. Appeal dismissed.
- Re E  EWCA Civ 1614
Appeal by mother against care and placement orders made in respect of her youngest child. Held that adoption was not a proportionate outcome. Accordingly, the appeal was allowed, the adoption order was set aside and the care order was replaced with an interim care order.
- Surrey County Council v Al-Hilli & Others (4)  EWHC 4394 (Fam)
Application by the police (opposed by the local authority and the guardian) to be joined as a party to care proceedings
- Re S (A Child)  EWCA Civ 25
Consideration by the Court of Appeal of the appropriate use of split hearings within public law children proceedings.
- Makarskaya v Korchagin  EWHC 4393 (Fam)
Interim hearing within financial remedy proceedings in respect of the wife’s claims for maintenance pending suit and a Legal Services Order
- Divall v Divall  EWHC 95 (Fam)
Case concerning the question of jurisdiction to hear a divorce petition on the grounds of domicile of the wife
- BN v MA  EWHC 4250 (Fam)
The court considers the effect of a prenuptial agreement on a wife’s applications for maintenance pending suit, interim periodical payments for a child, and legal services provision
- Jefferson v O'Connor  EWCA Civ 38
Appeal by wife against of stay of English divorce proceedings following agreement by the parties that she should abandon the English proceedings. Held, applying Art 19 of Brussels IIR, that the enforcement of any agreement as to jurisdiction was prohibited. Appeal allowed.
- Re G (A Child)  EWHC 4017 (Fam)
Application by mother to vary an agreed order made in England concerning the shared residence of her child where there were subsequent proceedings in Italy. The court held that the original English proceedings had been concluded and that the Italian court might have jurisdiction and be properly seised. Accordingly, the later English proceedings were stayed.
- A Local Auth v DG & Others  EWHC 63 (Fam)
Care proceedings where the father of a child, aged 3, has been charged with the murder of the mother. Criticism made by the judge of the parties’ failure to comply with court directions and guidance given as to the interplay between care proceedings and linked and concurrent criminal proceedings.
- Z v Y  EWHC 3381 (Fam)
Application by father under Hague Convention 1980 for the return of child, aged 13. Mother opposed the application on grounds of the child’s objections and grave hardship / intolerability. Application granted.
- L (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1778
Appeal against a judge’s decision that a 13-year old who alleged sexual abuse should not give evidence at a fact-finding hearing of those issues. Appeal allowed on procedural grounds.
- Bidaki v Najafabadi  EWCA Civ 1760
Application by husband for permission to appeal against, inter alia, the refusals of a stay of contested divorce proceedings in England on the basis of ongoing Iranian proceedings and of an adjournment on the basis of the husband’s illness during the hearing. Application refused.
- A Local Authority v M & Others  (11 01 13)
Second fact-finding concerning injuries to a child who suffered from rickets as a result of Vitamin D deficiency. Medical expert evidence considered. Held that there was insufficient evidence to determine that the injuries to the child were non-accidental.
- Agarwala v Agarwala  EWCA Civ 1763
Appeal against determination in the county court that the appellant held a property on trust for the respondent. Appeal dismissed.
- Morris v Donaldson  EWHC 4257 (QB)
Application by former cohabitant for orders concerned with the removal of his property from the defendant's home.
- Re Ramet Application for the Committal to Prison  EWHC 56 (Fam)
Committal of father for contempt of court on account of his violence in courtroom during family proceedings. Consideration of effect of sentence in criminal proceedings for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.
- H v W  EWHC 4105 (Fam)
Appeal in financial remedy proceedings against an award in favour of a wife which included 25% of the husband's future bonuses. Appeal allowed and cap imposed of £20,000 pa.
- Re UF  EWHC 4289 (COP)
Judgment in Court of Protection proceedings concerning an 84 year old woman detained under an authorisation by the court so that she was no longer eligible for non-means tested legal aid.
- MET v HAT  EWHC 4247 (Fam)
Application by wife for interim financial provision for herself and two children in proceedings in which the parties dispute the validity of a non-proceedings divorce, in the husband's home country, entitled to recognition in this country.
- Mulcahy v Castles Solicitors  EWCA Civ 1686
Appeal against claim for professional negligence of solicitors in ancillary relief proceedings. Appeal dismissed.
- S v S  EWHC 7 (Fam)
Application for approval of a consent order intending to give effect to an arbitral award following arbitration conducted under the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators scheme.
- Re E (A Child)  EWHC 6 (Fam)
Judgment of the President of the Family Division dealing with the court’s approach to care proceedings concerning children from other European countries, and to reporting restriction orders in such cases.
- In the Matter of LC (Children); In the Matter of LC (Children) (No 2)  UKSC 221
Supreme Court judgment as to whether in Hague Convention 1980 proceedings the court may take account of a child's state of mind in determining his habitual residence; and whether the child should made be made a party to the proceedings.
- Kinderis v Kineriene  EWHC 4139 (Fam)
Judgment in proceedings arising from an application by the father for the return to Lithuania of his child who had been brought to the UK by the mother, without the father’s consent. Issues arising as to the mother’s need of legal representation and its funding.
- R v R and Others  EWHC 4244 (Fam)
Judgment by the President of the Family Division continuing an injunction against the husband in financial remedy proceedings by which he was restrained from competing with the family company of which he was a shadow director.
- Re DF and GF  EWHC 2607 (Fam)-1
Hearing to decide whether a placement order or a special guardianship order should be made in relation to a family placement.
- A Local Authority v C  EWHC 4036 (Fam)
Local Authority applications for without notice declarations pursuant to the inherent jurisdiction concerning an unborn child about whose safety following birth the Local Authority had concerns.
- Re J & R (Children)  EWHC 4100 (Fam)
Application by parents within a Placement Order application to adduce further medical evidence to challenge findings against them that they had caused non-accidental injury to their son.
- Hertfordshire County Council v H  EWHC 4049 (Fam)
Application by local authority to withdraw care proceedings in circumstances where threshold not met.