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July 29, 2020

Divorced and separated couples have been urged to be reasonable and co-operative about child contact arrangements during the Covid-19 outbreak.

It comes amid mounting evidence that some people are using the current crisis as an excuse to prevent their former partner fro...

June 23, 2020

A judge has ordered that three abducted children should be returned to their father even though they would prefer to stay with their mother in the UK.

The children, aged 13, 11 and 8, and their parents were German nationals who had lived in Germany. After the parents' s...

June 11, 2020

The Court of Appeal has settled a dispute between two estranged parents who each wanted to take their children abroad but objected to the other having the same right.

The mother was a national of Qatar and the father was a national of the United Arab Emirates. The child...

May 26, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has made it difficult for many divorced and separated parents to comply with arrangements they’ve made over contact with their children.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division of the High Court and Head of Family Justice, has issued s...

April 21, 2020

A judge had made a mistake when he failed to hear oral evidence from both sides in a grandfather's application for a child arrangements order.

That was the decision of the Family Court in a case involving an 11-year-old girl.

The girl had been cared for by her grandfathe...

March 24, 2020

The High Court has ruled that a four-year-old boy should be returned to his father following his wrongful removal from his home by his mother.

The case involved a Hungarian couple who began a relationship in 2010. They moved from Hungary to Germany with their son around...

March 10, 2020

A mother has had to forfeit the residential care of her son after she tried to alienate him from his father.

The case involved a boy who lived with his mother but had regular contact with his father and his paternal family.

However, from March 2018, there had been no dir...

February 12, 2020

A mother who wrongfully removed her three children from their father without his consent has been ordered to return them to him in Germany.

The case involved a German couple were married in 2005 and divorced in 2012.

They had joint custody of the children, with the mothe...

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