In a recently reported case, a father succeeded in seeking orders to prevent the mother of his child from taking the child out of the jurisdiction for a family reunion in Kurdistan.
The High Court case M (A Child) (Temporary Removal to Kurdistan) was decided last March, with the judgement delivered in private. A version of the judgement has... Read More
In a case that "raises an important point of principle" in regards to the court's scope of consideration in care proceedings, a father's appeal has been dismissed.
Last year, Her Honour Judge George made a care and placement order in respect of a little girl. B was born in Spring 2016 and had been in foster care ever since. Her older brother, H,... Read More
A review into the fostering system in the UK has urged councils to give foster parents more discretion in parenting their foster children.
The independent review, published today, encourages local authorities to remove red tape preventing foster parents from making everyday decisions about children's haircuts, clothes and friends. Unless a foster... Read More
Sir James Munby heard the matter of AB (A Child) in the Royal Courts of Justice on 16 January 2018. The case, which spans over two years, is centred on AB who is a severely disabled child. The case highlights the disparity of views relating to the medical treatment of those with significantly reduced quality of life and focuses solely on the... Read More
Two parallel lawsuits have been filed by LGBTQ immigrant rights group Immigration Equality on behalf of a pair of binational same-sex couples who allege the United States wrongly denied their children citizenship.
In the first case, American Allison Blixt and her Italian wife, Stefania Zaccari, carried one child to term each. Only one son, carried... Read More
Placing children into foster care or with adoptive families can spark fierce and heart-rending debate, especially when a parent suffers from a disability. Under the Equality Act 2010, any court must be careful not to discriminate against a parent on the grounds of disability, though the best interests of the child will always take precedence. It... Read More
Earlier this month, the renowned Fawcett Society released the long-anticipated Sex Discrimination Law Review. Arriving in the centenary year of the first legislation for women’s suffrage, the report assesses where women’s rights stand in post-Brexit Britain and what barriers to justice still exist. The topics covered include research into... Read More
A familial, ethnic, or gendered marker, legally inscribed but variable. Feminist movements and globalisation have driven a major shake up of naming traditions, but diversity has done nothing to dampen the politics of naming. Once the preserve of newly-married women, the number of people legally changing their names has soared in the last decade... Read More
The Alabama Senate voted on January 16th 19-1 to pass a bill that would eliminate the requirement for marriage licenses and ceremonies in the state. The measure has since also been approved by the Alabama House Judiciary Committee and is now set for a vote in the House.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, has attempted to pass the... Read More
The daughter of a wealthy insurance broker has failed in her legal bid to prevent her elderly father from remarrying. In a judgment released yesterday, the father, a dementia sufferer in his eighties, was deemed to have sufficient mental capacity to marry his long-term partner. Mental capacity is defined by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 which... Read More
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