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High Court Declines to Recognise Validity of Deathbed ‘Marriage’ Ceremony
An exchange of vows, even in a religious context, is not generally enough by itself to constitute a…
Court of Appeal Blocks Separation of Vulnerable Mother from Her Baby
There are few more momentous steps a judge can take than ordering a mother’s separation from her baby.…
Exonerated Parents of Bruised Baby Boy Receive Judicial Apology
When children suffer unexplained injuries, few would quarrel with social workers and medical professionals taking a precautionary approach.…
Family Judges Won’t Let Children Be Used as Pawns in Divorce Proceedings
Concerns that children may be used as pawns amidst the cut and thrust of divorce proceedings are often…
Sexual Relations and Mental Capacity – Family Judge Grasps the Nettle
Adults of sound mind enjoy a fundamental freedom to have sexual relations with one another – but that…
Adoption Ruling – Some Lifestyles Simply Don’t Fit with Parental Duties
Perhaps the most momentous decision that a judge ever has to make is to separate a child from…
COVID-19 – Do Diving Asset Values Justify Unwinding Divorce Settlements?
The value of many assets has been devastated by COVID-19 – but is that a good enough reason…
Loving Parents of Deceased Baby Girl Exonerated by Family Judge
When healthy children die or suffer serious injury, the finger of suspicion is very often pointed at members…
Family Judge Burns Midnight Oil to Preserve Mother’s and Baby’s Lives
It is not only in fictional dramas that judges are called upon to make emergency life or death…
High Court Tackles Mother’s Implacable Hostility to Paternal Child Contact
The vast majority of mothers recognise that their children thrive best when they have a positive relationship with…
COVID-19 – Court of Protection Sanctions Vaccination of Vulnerable Adult
Many of the most vulnerable members of society lack the mental capacity required to consent to being vaccinated…
High Court Rejects Divorcee’s Bid to Annul Ex-Husband’s Bankruptcy
It is sadly true that bankruptcy proceedings are sometimes used by perfectly solvent individuals for purposes other than…
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