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Taking your children abroad - a guide for separated parents

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The school holidays are almost upon us and many separated parents will already have made or be in the process of making plans for a trip abroad with their children. It is important for children to enjoy their holidays and experience new opportunities....

Child Abduction - The Court of Appeal examines the Article 13(b) defence

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The Court of Appeal recently considered a father’s application for an appeal against a final order made by Ms Justice Russell on 19 May 2016. The father’s initial application at first instance was for the return of his two children to the...

Prevention of Child Abduction

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A situation may arise which leads a parent to fear that their child is at risk of being abducted from England and Wales to another country. A relationship may have broken down and one parent may learn that the other parent wishes to take the child back to...

The School Holidays and Taking Children Abroad

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The school holidays are fast approaching meaning many parents making plans to travel abroad with their children. This can be the one opportunity of the year to spend some extended quality time with each other. The arrangements for travelling abroad with...

Habitual Residence - The way forward?

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On 03 February 2016 the Supreme Court handed down an important Judgment which redefines the way habitual residence is to be considered in the English Courts. Facts The parties were in a same sex relationship. The case concerned a little girl...

Family Drug and Alcohol Court to be rolled out nationwide

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The Department of Education has announced a grant of £2.5 million to establish more specialist Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC) across England, including Coventry, Kent and Medway, Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter, and West Yorkshire - extending this...