Declarations of parentage: From another perspective

Richard Adams highlights the tension between the legislative provision and public policy considerations where a declaration is sought in relation to an adopted child A declaration of parentage is intended to be an authoritative statement of the fact so declared, while the effect of an adoption order is as to the legal status of the …
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Step-parents: Rights, remedies and recognition

Emily Watson and Artemis Michael provide a guide to key legislation and case law that applies as to the options available to a step-parent in relation to a step-child Adoption is the most secure way to ensure a married or unmarried step-parent may remain in a child’s life, as the step-parent becomes a permanent and …
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Adoption: A broad church

Andrew Scott sets out the approach taken to an application for adoption by a party to a relationship which had ended after the birth of the child The issue of whether there is an enduring family relationship is a question of fact and degree and a matter for the court to consider in every case. …
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International children: Across the seas

Dorothea Gartland and Maria Wright provide a guide to inter-country placements of children and the assessment of potential long-term carers At the heart of cases where overseas kinship placements are contemplated is a delicate balance of rights, ensuring that children are afforded the right to live with extended family overseas where this is possible, but …
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Step-parent adoption: Balancing act

Jessica Keal looks at an adoption case involving a consideration of Thai law and human rights issues On an application for adoption, any restriction on a biological father’s human rights must be proportionate in light of the benefits to be gained by the child. In Re H (Step-Parent Adoption) [2020], the court was concerned with …
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