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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...

December 16, 2019

Few occasions can bring out the potential for conflict between separated couples more than Christmas.

Each parent will naturally want to spend as much time as possible with their children but as there is only one Christmas Day, that can prove difficult.

Of course, most p...

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...

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