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Children
2011
UK

Children abducted by a parent should generally be returned immediately

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Children were abducted by their mother, without their father's knowledge, from Norway and brought to the UK. The children would be returned to Norway as, overall, it was in their best interests.

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Disability
1975
UK

Sterilisation is considered the deprivation of a basic human right

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This case was about the wardship of an 11 year old girl with mental health problems. The court said sterilisation was the deprivation of a basic human right and it would, if for non-therapeutic reasons without consent, be a violation of that right.

Family
2008
UK

Children and mums must be kept together when fleeing domestic violence

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Mother and children were fleeing domestic violence and ended up in London. Social workers said they were intentionally homeless and would take children into care. Right to a family life used to keep family together.

Family
2014
Europe

If you’re a parent in one country, you’re a parent everywhere

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French courts refused to grant legal recognition of parent-child relationships which had been legally recognised in the USA. This was found to breach the child's right to respect for private life.

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Family
2003
UK

Deceased fathers can be named on birth certificate

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A widow won the right to put the name of her deceased husband on the birth certificates of her children. The law was changed to allow all women to do the same.

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    Family
    2012
    Europe

    A child should be taken from their family if in their best interests

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    A couple with a child had a history of domestic violence and alcohol abuse. The court decided the child should be placed for adoption. They were right to do so, because, whilst family ties should be maintained where possible, the child's safety and well-being must come first.

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      Family
      2009
      Europe

      Strong family ties can prevent deportation

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      Mr Omojudi had lived in the UK for over twenty years. He had committed offences while in the UK. He had 3 children and 1 grandchild, all in the UK. The government wanted to deport him. He won his case to stay.

      Family
      2011
      UK

      A non-UK national can apply for a marriage visa if they are under 21

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      Quila and Bibi were stopped from entering the country to marry because they were under 21. They successfully challenged the law, which was meant to help prevent forced marriages.

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      Family
      2014
      UK

      Doctors must involve families in ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ notices for patients

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      A 'Do Not Resuscitate' Notice was put in the Mrs Tracey's medical notes without consulting her or her family. The doctors' failure to consult breached her right to personal autonomy and to respect for private and family life.

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      Family
      2002
      Europe

      Adults can access records of time spent in care as child

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      A man wanted access to personal records of his time spent his care. He suspected the authority knew he was at risk of sexual abuse. The authority refused. He won his case.

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        Family
        2007
        Europe

        Prisoners may be entitled to artificial insemination

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        A prisoner and his wife were refused artificial insemination. He was serving a sentence for murder and she would be past child-bearing age when he was released. They won their case.

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          Family
          2010
          Europe

          A tenant’s family circumstances must be considered during eviction

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          Tenants in a housing trust said they should not be evicted even after their leases had come to an end as it would cause their families hardship. They won their case.

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          Family
          2008
          UK

          Unmarried couples in Northern Ireland can apply to adopt

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          An unmarried couple in Northern Ireland were banned from applying to adopt because they were unmarried. They challenged the ban and they won their case.

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          Family
          2001
          UK

          Children are entitled to find out who their birth parents are

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          A father wanted to force a mother to allow testing to confirm he was the child's birth father. She did not want the tests to happen. He won his case.

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            Family
            2014
            UK

            A woman could have a child using sperm of her deceased partner

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            A widow wanted to use the sperm of her husband, who died aged 32 years old of a brain tumour. He had not given his consent in writing. She won her case.

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            Children
            1994
            Europe

            Children can’t be put up for adoption without parents knowing

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            Laws which allowed a child to be put up for adoption without her biological father's knowledge or consent breached his right to respect for private and family life, and meant he had been deprived of a fair hearing.

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            Children
            1987
            Europe

            Birth parents have the right to challenge childcare decisions

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            A mother complained that she was not given the chance to object to her children being taken into care. She won her case.

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              Children
              2006
              UK

              Abducted children’s views on staying in the UK matter

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              A Romanian mother brought her child to the UK. His father objected. The removal was not unlawful and the child wanted to stay in the UK. The child's views were taken into account and he was permitted to stay.

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                Family
                2001
                UK

                Female prisoners and their babies should not be automatically separated

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                Two women serving long prison sentences challenged the prison policy to remove their children from them at eighteen months. One won, the other lost. The prison service was told to be flexible in how it treated women with babies.

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                  Children
                  1994
                  Europe

                  Unmarried parents can be a family

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                  The father in an unmarried couple challenged the Dutch government's refusal to recognise him as the legal father of the couple's child, unless his partner's husband denied paternity. He won his case.

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                    Children
                    2002
                    Europe

                    If child access is jeopardised, parents must have legal representation

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                    Parents were denied legal representation at a hearing to free their child for adoption. This breached their rights to a fair hearing and respect for family life, as the importance and complexity meant they should have legal representation.

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                      Children
                      2001
                      UK

                      Families who foster children should be paid the same as other carers

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                      A family who were fostering children within the family successfully challenged the council policy to pay them less than non-family foster carers.

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                      Equality
                      2012
                      Europe

                      Gypsy families must have stronger rights to challenge eviction

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                      Mrs Buckland was evicted from her caravan site following anti-social behaviour by her son and non-payment of bills by herself. She complained that had not had the chance to appeal against her conviction. She won her case.

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                      Family
                      2002
                      UK

                      You can get information about an anonomous donor parent

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                      Two adults successfully challenged the law that prevented them from knowing the identities of the birth parent who had anonymously donated the sperm used to conceive their birth.

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