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Moving abroad with kids

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It’s been quite a busy week in family law, with a few new judgments coming through in various different areas. We thought we’d focus on a case where the court has allowed a mother to relocate to Utah in the USA with her two young children, in the face of opposition to the move both from their father and from the children’s CAFCASS guardian. The children’s guardian is appointed by the court to ensure that the children’s interests are fully considered independently from the viewpoints put forward about them by their parents. In this case, she is a CAFCASS officer…

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Voting with their feet

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When are you too old to be a child? Once you become a parent, it could be said that your child is your child forever, whether they be 20, 40 or 80 years of age. Of course, the law doesn’t see it quite that way; neither, generally, does the child. You might expect strict rules concerning the point in a child’s life when the law should resist intervening in a dispute between parents over their arrangements, but a recent decision of the Court of Appeal has shown that this is not quite the case.

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Removing gender bias

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There are few overt bastions of gender discrimination left in the country today. Perhaps a few of the more traditional gentlemen’s clubs remain of the view that ladies should not be admitted, and it was only last year that the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrew’s admitted those of the female persuasion to its ranks. In CFLP’s world, we often hear criticism of the family courts based on its perceived gender bias against fathers in children matters; we often hear criticism that the child support system, and the financial system on divorce, is stacked the other way. Family…

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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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