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Children's Wishes

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  • The court concluded that the child was not of sufficient understanding to conduct an appeal, in relation to who she lived with, without a children's Guardian. Judgment, 19/03/2019, free
  • An anticipatory child arrangements order was made in favour of the father, despite the child wishing to return to live with the mother, in circumstances where the child was being held under the Mental Health Act and the mother was bedbound. Judgment, 24/05/2017, free
  • After several breaches of court orders and a failure by the father, and then the mother, to attend court, the judge ruled that the wishes of the 2 children, who had been taken to Iraq by the father, should be ascertained in advance of a further hearing. Judgment, 17/05/2017, free
  • Father's appeal against a refusal of his application to take the children to live permanently in Iran on the basis that, contrary to the 2010 Guidelines for Judges Meeting Children who are Subject to Family Proceedings, the judge gathered evidence from the boys, upon which she relied in determining the case. Furthermore, the father argued, she failed to inform the parties of impressions she had formed about the boys during the meeting, so that they could explore them in evidence and submissions. Appeal dismissed. Judgment, 06/04/2017, free
  • The 16th ‘View’ from Sir James Munby looks at progress on child & vulnerable witnesses and revisions to Practice Direction 12J News, 20/01/2017, free

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