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2006
Europe

Both parents must consent to the use of sperm in IVF treatment

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A woman and her husband separated after they had agreed to fertilise her eggs. The embryos were frozen and stored. She wanted to proceed with the pregnancy, he did not. She lost her case.

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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
      2014
      UK

      Keeping children with family should be considered before adoption

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      A child was placed for adoption without proper consideration of whether a placement in Poland with her grandparents would have been preferable. This breached the family's right to respect for private / family life.

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      Family
      2009
      UK

      There’s a right to information about your own adoption

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      An adult was seeking information about his adoption in the 1950s. Both his birth parents had died. The adoption society refused to give him the information. He challenged the refusal and won his case.

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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.

      Children
      2001
      Europe

      Children should be protected from abuse within the family

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      Children in a family suffered abuse and neglect by their mother. They were not protected properly by the social services. They won their case and were awarded damages.

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      Children
      2001
      Europe

      Birth parents must be involved in childcare decisions

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      A four-year-old girl was taken into care and placed for adoption following allegations of abuse. Her mother was not consulted on the care plan and succeeded in her claim that this breached her right to a family life.

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        Family
        2003
        UK

        Councils must adapt to needs of disabled families

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        Carers refused to lift disabled daughters because they were not allowed to under the terms of their employment. The family objected to their refusal to help. The family won their 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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            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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            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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              50 Cases
              2002
              UK

              Councils must provide adequate housing for disabled people

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              A severely disabled, incontient and wheelchair bound woman and her family of eight were housed inadequately. Their local council failed to rehouse. The High Court decided this showed a ‘singular lack of respect’ for her private and family life and awarded damages.

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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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                Children
                1987
                Europe

                Denying parents access to their children must be reviewable

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                Parents of children in care were denied access to their children. The parents were not informed of nor invited to the conference at which this decision was made. The judges said the authority's decision to terminate access must be reviewable by a tribunal.

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                  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.

                  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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                  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
                    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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                    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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                      Disability
                      2015
                      UK

                      A family can receive damages if a council messes up care proceedings

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                      The Council removed a 15 day old baby from its mother and put it into care. There were unnecessary delays and confusion over the plan for the baby's permanent home. It was finally placed with the mother's parents in Latvia aged 22 months.

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                      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
                      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
                      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
                        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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