October 16, 2019

A mother has lost her appeal against a special guardianship order which placed her children in the care of their paternal grandparents.

The case involved children who had been the subject of a child protection plan due to parental neglect.

An order was made and the child...

September 12, 2019

Five children have been taken from their mother after she allowed the youngest child’s father to live in the house despite him having a history of violence.

The mother had four children from a previous relationship, and her youngest with her current partner. The local a...

July 31, 2019

A father has been allowed to apply for contact with his children after successfully arguing he had been denied a fair trial at a directions hearing.

The case involved a man who had been involved in an ongoing battle for contact with his two children.

They had originally...

July 17, 2019

The EU has adopted a new set of regulations to protect children caught up in cross border disputes between their parents.

The Brussels IIa Regulation covers cross-border matrimonial matters (divorce, separation, marriage annulment) and matters of parental responsibility...

July 9, 2019

Cohabiting couples often assume they have the same automatic rights as married couples but unfortunately for them, this is not the case.

In fact, cohabitants have few legal rights if their relationship breaks down.

For fathers, one of the most alarming consequences is th...

June 26, 2019

Grandparents are playing an ever-increasing role in the lives of their grandchildren, often providing free childcare to enable the parents to go out to work.

Most of these relationships run smoothly to everyone’s benefit but occasionally, problems arise that break that...

June 20, 2019

A mother has lost custody of her son after causing him ‘emotional harm’ by trying to alienate him from his father.

The case involved the estranged parents of an eight-year-old boy.

The court heard that the mother had a history of being obstructive about letting the fathe...

May 23, 2019

Judges will not allow parents to make numerous contact applications spanning several years if the process could be detrimental to their children, as illustrated in a recent case before the Court of Appeal.

The case involved a couple who had separated when their children...

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