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child abduction | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Taken out of context

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Back in the good old days when most of us at CFLP were training in family law, emails and texts were figments of a future imagination. They were as likely to become part of our daily lives as hoverboards and space tourism. If separated parents had things to sort out regarding children’s arrangements, they would phone each other or, if that wasn’t appropriate, write letters. Or their solicitors would, of course, as indeed we still do where necessary. But society’s patterns of communication are now very different, and this brings both opportunities and challenges where parenting negotiations take place. These…

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Brits abroad – how long is the law’s long arm?

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The law reports this week are again peppered with cases where children are caught up in international disputes between their parents. As the world becomes ever smaller and we increasingly form relationships with partners from different backgrounds, different cultures and different countries, it sometimes seems that the law struggles to catch up. For us lawyers, it is interesting to watch the courts grappling with situations for which there is a lack of appropriate legislation, precedent or guidance. We know, however, that for those caught up in the maelstrom of uncertainty – parents and children – it can be very traumatic.

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Tougher on abduction

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We have written in previous blogs about the family courts adopting a tougher stance towards people who flout orders, fail to disclose their financial positions, or otherwise duck their responsibilities to each other and the court as separated spouses or parents. Continuing the trend, this week has seen two news stories concerning international child abduction and the family court’s response. As a quick reminder: to take a child overseas after separation or divorce, you need the consent of all holders of parental responsibility or the leave (i.e. the permission) of the court. Taking a child abroad without the consent of…

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Keep on moving (children)

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It wasn’t so long ago that we wrote about relocating children overseas, properly known as applications for leave to remove a child from the jurisdiction. Court decisions on leave to remove cases are becoming more frequently reported, as life for many people becomes more international, with travel and cross-jurisdictional living becoming easier and relationships between people based in different countries more common. These cases are often interesting and shed light on what courts consider important in children’s upbringing. For example, the case we reported on in February involved a mother being permitted to relocate to Moscow with her son as she…

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