- Adoption after a relationship has ended (Re E (adoption by one person); A v B and others)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
Family analysis: In Re E (a child) (adoption by one person), Mr Justice Cobb was concerned with whether two people who are no longer in a relationship, nor married or civil partners, apply for an adoption order in relation to a child born when they were in a relationship. Finding that they can, and that such applications are permitted under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002), Cobb J was careful to ground the answer to this question in the particular facts of the case, but the decision is likely to encourage those couples whose shared commitment to parenting a child continues after their relationship has ended. Alex Taylor, barrister at Parklane Plowden, Leeds, considers the issues.
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