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  • The wife's divorce petition was issued in England in October 2015. An attempt to serve the petition on the husband was made in February 2016 in Germany where he was living at the time, but this failed because of insufficient address details being given by the wife. In the meantime, the husband had commenced divorce proceedings in Germany in January 2016. The husband was appealing against a ruling that the English court was first seised on the grounds that the wife had failed to take the required steps to serve the petition. The appeal was dismissed, the court saying that Rule 7.8 FPR simply requires the petitioner to serve the petition. No particular step is stipulated as having to take place "immediately" or by a certain date. Judgment, 16/07/2018, free
  • Application by the husband for a stay of divorce proceedings started by the wife in England where he wanted the proceedings to be held in Switzerland. The application was granted. Judgment, 09/07/2018, free
  • The applicant father was seeking the summary return to Ivory Coast of the parties' 2 children. The application was made pursuant to the Inherent Jurisdiction following the mother's removal of the children from Ivory Coast. The court concluded that it was not in the best interests of the children to be returned to Ivory Coast. Judgment, 05/07/2018, free
  • The applicant's application for a declaration of parentage was refused on the grounds that his conduct in making and pursuing this application was manifestly abusive. Judgment, 03/07/2018, free
  • An interim order for child maintenance was made as well as an order for costs in favour of the mother in circumstances where the father, despite his vast wealth, had defied various orders and was resisting making payments towards the children's upkeep. Judgment, 03/07/2018, free

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  • Roshi Amiraftabi of 29 Bedford Row, reviews the key private children law cases, themes and practice developments from the past 12 months. Webcast, 31/05/2018, members only
  • Alexis Campbell QC and Charlotte Trace, of 29 Bedford Row, review the key financial remedy cases and themes from the past 12 months and look at how they will affect judicial thinking and your own cases in the year to come. Webcast, 16/03/2018, members only
  • Matthew Long, of 29 Bedford Row, reviews the current best practice guidelines for managing cases involving litigants in person, explains the role of McKenzie Friends and offers some practical tips drawn from his experience. Webcast, 07/02/2018, members only
  • Recording of webinar, presented by Mena Ruparel, first broadcast live on 1 December 2017. Webcast, 05/12/2017, free
  • Anton Eriera from 29 Bedford Row updates practitioners on how chattels should be dealt with after divorce/dissolution, in particular emphasising that the exercise should be proportionate to the value of the overall pot. Webcast, 23/11/2017, members only

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