Sir Paul Coleridge, a retired judge of the High Court, told those at the BCR Law Conference held in Jersey last week that family and marriage laws in England and Wales are out of date and no longer fit for purpose. He blamed recent UK governments for not prioritising the need to reconsider our failing marriage laws which are no longer suited to... Read More
In Egeneonu v Egeneonu, a case spanning several years, a judge considered an application by a mother for the father’s committal for failure to comply with the court orders relating to their children. Background to the case The case concerned three children who were removed from the UK by their father and taken to Nigeria. Following... Read More
Leandro Barreto and François Souyri, a couple who first entered a civil partnership in 2008, have been told that they will need to get divorced if they want to relocate to France with their adopted son. Both France and the UK allow same-sex marriage but the rules of the two legal systems have fundamental differences, leaving some... Read More
Monika Shahi Nath and Ramesh Nath Yogi have become the first transgender couple to be married in Nepal. Although delighted to be the first transgender person to make this step, Nath’s union is on unsteady ground: the country has not officially accepted transgender marriage and her husband in fact already has a wife. Monika Shahi Nath,... Read More
Her Honour Judge Nancy Hillier, sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice in June, upheld a father’s application for the summary return of his two children to Romania after they were brought to England by their mother in October 2016.
The two children, now aged 11 and 8, and their parents are Romanian nationals. In August 2016, both parents went to... Read More
A man who raped a 12-year-old girl and fathered her child has been awarded joint legal custody and visitation rights of the now 8-year-old boy.
The decision has left many in shock, after Judge Ross of Sanilac County Circuit, Michigan, delivered his judgment this week. The matter came to the attention of the court following a routine review of the... Read More
A father whose ex-partner forged his consent to IVF treatment at IVF Hammersmith lost his claim for damages in the High Court on Friday.
The claim was made after the mother, referred to in the judgment as R, became pregnant through IVF without the consent of the father, referred to as ARB. R had handed the clinic a ‘consent to thaw form’ with... Read More
The newly revised judicial guidance about child arrangements in domestic abuse cases came into force earlier this month. Vardags was joined by Piers Pressdee QC on Tuesday morning to deliver a talk about these changes and answer a few questions about his practice.
A preeminent children law barrister, Piers was called to the bar in 1991 and took... Read More
Last Sunday, the first marriages between same-sex couples took place in Germany after decades of gay rights demonstrations. After same-sex marriage was legalised in June, many couples scheduled their union for the first day that the law came into force. Chancellor Angela Merkel has long been opposed to same-sex marriage but, with the... Read More
A highly-publicised custody battle between a woman and the ex-husband who abused her sparked outrage in Spain after the mother of two was ordered to hand over her children to her former partner. The case, which has become a cause célèbre in the Spanish press, has led to strong criticism of its treatment in the courts and... Read More
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