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Private Law Children Act 1989

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Some of our recent notable cases

Re J-M (A Child) (2014)
A father appealed against the refusal of his application for contact with his 14-year-old son (X), who lived with the mother.
Although, on an appeal against an order that there should be no direct contact between a father and son, a circuit judge had described his approach in terms that had later been held by the Supreme Court to be inappropriate, that did not invalidate his decision. The circuit judge’s scrutiny of the decision of the judge below had covered the ground contemplated by the Supreme Court.
[2014] EWCA Civ 434 08/04/2014.  Reported at [2014] Fam Law 957
Chris McWatters

Re P and L (Contact) (2011)
Case concerned the level and type of contact between two children, who were living with their mother, and their biological father and his same sex partner.
[2011] EWHC 3431 (Fam) 20/12/2011. Reported at [2012] 1 FLR 1068.
Maggie Jones

MA v RS (2011)
Case concerned the relationship of two children conceived by in vitro fertilisation with their parent and their same sex partners.
[2011] EWHC 2455 (Fam) 29/7/2011. Reported at [2012] 1 FLR 1056
Maggie Jones

In the Matter of M (Children) (2010) (no link available)
The court should not delegate decisions over contact to a local authority in private law proceedings.
[2010] EWCA Civ 1043 28/07/2010
Christopher McWatters

Re W (Children) (2010)
Regarding the oral evidence of children and its place in care proceedings cases.
[2010] EWCA Civ 57 9/2/2010. Reported at [2010] 1 FCR 365.
Maggie Jones

Re R (A Child) (2009)
A residence order granting residence of child to paternal grandparents was set aside in favour of natural parents. Insufficient consideration had been given to the child’s fundamental right to be brought up by natural parents.
[2009] EWCA Civ 358 29/4/2009. Reported at [2009] 2 FCR 203
Birinder Kang

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