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the family courts

Habitual residence and child abduction – where are the boundaries?

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When a child is taken by one parent to a foreign country away from their other parent, emotions will always run high and the law will often be complex. Recently the BBC attempted to explore the legal minefield that is international child abduction law by covering the story of Tracy, whose daughter had been taken by her father, a Czech citizen, from Bradford to the Czech Republic. In the programme the BBC suggested that: ‘Under the Hague Convention, which governs cases of child custody waged across international borders, a child’s base is considered to be the country in which he…

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Vulnerable witnesses

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Our new partner, Jeremy Ford, brings to Cambridge Family Law Practice his experience in international family law. Earlier this year, Jeremy, at short notice, represented the children in a fact finding hearing in the High Court which tested the jurisdictional capacity of English law and which considered the best interests of four siblings who had been brought up in different jurisdictions. This case was reported as M v F & Ors [2018] EWHC 1720 (Fam) (16 February 2018) and is a good example of how the court addressed the issue of a litigant in person, who was an alleged perpetrator,…

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On the value of legal representation

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The status of legal representation has recently appeared in the news, again. Readers of our blog might already be aware that since LASPO (the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, 2012) when Legal Aid was largely removed for family cases, more than a third of all family court proceedings feature unrepresented parties (litigants in person) on both sides with many more family hearings where one party is represented and the other is not. Huge numbers of litigants are having to find their way through the minefield of law and procedure rules without legal assistance. Problems arise for all…

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Contempt of Court and Family Proceedings

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This week, we are taking a look at what can happen in family proceedings if an individual thwarts court orders and is held in contempt of court. Being held in contempt of court can invoke draconian consequences for litigants, however the more draconian consequences such as committal to prison have rarely been applied in the family court. Recently, an 83-year-old property developer was jailed for contempt of court after obstructing his financial settlement with his ex-wife. This is a timely reminder of the Court’s powers and sadly, how acrimonious litigation can entrench an individual to such an extent that they are not…

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