Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 140 (Aug)
Neutral Citation: [2012] EWCA Civ 1160
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Pill, Rimer and Black LJJ

Representation John Ward-Prowse for the father.
  The mother did not appear and was not represented.
Judgment Dates: 23 August 2012


Paternity - Declaration of paternity - Appeal against declaration - Child knowing identity of father - Father seeking declaration of paternity - Judge refusing to grant declaration of grounds of interests of child and public policy - Father appealing - Whether judge erring - and .

The Case

Paternity Declaration of paternity. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that a judge had erred in dismissing the father's application for a declaration of parentage by conflating the issue of the best interests of the child and the issue of whether the making of a declaration would have been contrary to public policy.

Practice Areas

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