2nd Feb 2017
Mother's appeal against an order for direct contact in the absence of a risk assessment when findings had been made of domestic violence. Appeal allowed, a risk assessment directed and remitted back for further consideration. Moor J who heard the appeal criticised the judge for not having applied PD 12J or the relevant case law on contact when findings have been made of domestic violence. However, of equal significance in this case was the requirement in s.16A Children Act 1989 which requires a CAFCASS Officer to undertake a risk assessment for the benefit of the court if, carrying out his/her functions, the Officer suspects the child is at risk of harm. Cafcass recommended such a risk assessment however the judge refused the mother's application for that assessment.
17th Jan 2017 | Bailii
Mother's application to vary a Prohibited Steps Order - preventing either parent from removing the children - granted, allowing her to remove the parties' children to Iran, a non-Hague Convention country, temporarily for the purpose of holidays, subject to certain safeguards being in place
26th Nov 2015 | Bailii
Application by the mother at the PTR to strike out the father's application for the return of two children to Spain and, in the alternative, for permission to instruct a psychologist to assess the mother's fear of the father. Both applications were refused by Baker J
14th Jul 2015 | Bailii
Appeal by a mother against an order that her daughter be returned to Lithuania. Appeal dismissed.
13th Feb 2015 | Bailii
High Court declarations of parentage made in respect of father whose child was conceived using donated sperm, in circumstances where he had signed a consent form, which the fertility clinic had lost.
10th Dec 2014 | Bailii
Schedule 1 case where the mother made an unmerited appplication to vary an order for periodical payments and subsequently appealed, again without merit. Mother ordered to pay a contribution towards the father's costs.
17th Oct 2014 | Bailii
Change of residence in Children Act 1989 private law proceedings.
15th Jul 2014 | Bailii
Successful appeal considering (1) the interplay between public law and private law proceedings where the State seeks to intervene in the placement of a child; (2) a reconsideration of the balancing exercise where the mother is able to provide “good enough” care but the grandmother is able to provide better care; and (3) the balancing exercise for purposeful delay for further assessment of a parent.