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Monthly Family Law Archives: July 2016

Court correct in granting surviving partner from unmarried couple first refusal to purchase their shared home

Court correct in granting surviving partner from unmarried couple first refusal to purchase their shared home

In November 2015, Recorder Christopher Gardner QC ordered Mrs Lynn Lewis, daughter and sole beneficiary of Audrey Blackwell’s estate, to sell the house in... Read More

Property developer loses house to the long-term partner he refused to marry

Property developer loses house to the long-term partner he refused to marry

A judge has ruled that 53 year-old property developer Stephen Farrer will not receive any of the net profits from the sale of a £1 million house he shared... Read More

Gay heirs have equal inheritance rights over ancestral seat after landed family rewrite trust rules

Gay heirs have equal inheritance rights over ancestral seat after landed family rewrite trust rules

The Pembertons, a landed family who have resided at Trumpington Hall in Cambridgeshire for three centuries have rewritten the rules of their trust to ensure... Read More

Marriage in decline? A few statistics from the ONS

Marriage in decline? A few statistics from the ONS…

The Office of National Statistics has revealed that in England and Wales there were 23.8 million married people in 2015. In comparison, there were 28.4 million... Read More

Religious divorce: Do you know your rights as well as your rites?

Religious divorce: Do you know your rights as well as your rites?

Complex international jurisdiction disputes are a perennial source of complexity in modern family law, particularly in cases involving high net worth... Read More

Foster parents lose appeal for custody of child removed under Indian Child Welfare Act

Foster parents lose appeal for custody of child removed under Indian Child Welfare Act

A six year-old girl will remain with her extended family in Utah, rather than return to her former foster home, a Californian appeals court has ruled,... Read More

British woman fighting for legal right to give birth to her own grandchild

British woman fighting for legal right to give birth to her own grandchild

A 60 year-old woman is now a step closer to winning the legal right to give birth to her own grandchild. The woman, referred to by the court as Mrs... Read More

Application of the Hague Convention in child abduction case

Application of the Hague Convention in child abduction case

Ms Justice Russell, sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice, has refused a father’s application for the summary return of his two children to New... Read More

Abusive father's application for summary return to New Jersey is refused

Abusive father's application for summary return to New Jersey is refused

Ms Justice Russell, sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice, refused a father’s application for the summary return of his two children to New Jersey... Read More

Detroit judge found guilty of misconduct during child custody hearing

Detroit judge found guilty of misconduct during child custody hearing

Last week, Oakland County judge Lisa Gorcyca was found guilty of misconduct by a special master appointed by the state Judicial Tenure Commission. Ms... Read More