Family Law

COVID-19 - Troubled Mother Permitted Skin-to-Skin Contact with Her Baby

COVID-19 – Troubled Mother Permitted Skin-to-Skin Contact with Her Baby

Contact arrangements between children in care and their parents often raise vexed issues, but all the more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a case concerning a mother who was denied skin-to-skin contact with her newborn baby, however, the High Court bent every sinew to achieve a just and practical resolution. The mother suffered from an emotionally unstable personality disorder …

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Cross-Border Child Abduction and Habitual Residence - Guideline Ruling

Cross-Border Child Abduction and Habitual Residence – Guideline Ruling

A parent who wishes to move from one country to another with his or her child must first obtain the consent of the parent left behind. That principle of international law is easily stated but, as a guideline Court of Appeal ruling showed, applying it in a way that protects the child’s welfare is often a much more complicated matter. …

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