Children

National courts in child custody cases must take into account evidence presented by a party and carry out a thorough examination of the family situation. Violation of family life.

JUDGMENT  Širvinskas v. Lithuania 23.07.2019 (no. 21243/17) see here  SUMMARY Interest of the child and arrangement of his residence in the event of divorce of his/her parents. The applicant had a daughter with his former wife. Because of personal reasons their marriage ended. The mother did not comply with the original settlement agreement of joined custody […]

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Cases involving parent-child relationships must be handled quickly and with extreme care. The 10-year-long court process for parental custody of two minor children violated the right to family life.

JUDGMENT R.V. and others v. Italy 18.07.2019 (no. 37748/13) see here SUMMARY  Parents’ inadequacy, parental care and foster family. The applicant, following a complaint from a relative, found it unsuitable for bringing up two children aged just 1 and 3 years respectively. The procedures for taking care of children have been made long and complicated. […]

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The state has taken adequate measures to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse. No violation of the ECHR.

JUDGMENT  Α and Β v. Croatia 20-06-2019 (no. 7144/15) see here SUMMARY  Complaint about inaction by the Croatian authorities in allegations of sexual abuse of children. The Court noted that the authorities had taken measures to address conflicting claims of a situation involving complaints from a mother about the sexual abuse of her child by […]

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Adoption of a child and registration of its surname in the civil-status documents. The refusal to register only the surname of the foster parent in place of that of the biological parent violated the right to respect for the child’s family life

JUDGMENT Leyla Can v. Turkey 18.06.2019 (no. 43140/08) see here  SUMMARY  Adoption of a child from a single-parent family. Entering of the surname of the adopted child in the civil-status  registry. Parentalist request to register only the her surname as a child’s surname. Denial of authorities. The applicant adopted a 7-year-old, who lived with her biological […]

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The failure of the state to secure the father’s reunification with his minor daughter, which her mother brought her to another country, violated the right to respect for family life.

JUDGMENT  Vladimir Ushakov v. Russia 18.06.2019 (no. 15122/17) see here  SUMMARY Right to reunite father with a minor daughter. State obligation to develop their ties. The applicant, a Russian national, was resident in Finland. He had a daughter with his wife. At the time of their divorce, the former spouse settled with her daughter in […]

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Reunion of a daughter and her father after his acquittal for domestic violence. The failure of the state to ensure reunification violated the right to respect for family life

JUDGMENT Ηaddad v. Spain 18.06.2019   ( no. 16572/17) see here   SUMMARY Parent’s right to exercise parental custody for his child without interruption. The applicant, a Syrian national, was deprived of the communication and parental responsibility of his three minor children, by a court ruling, following the lawsuit filed by his wife against domestic violence. During the […]

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The Greek adventure of minor refugees. Degrading conditions of detention in police stations

JUDGMENT  Sh.D and  Others v. Greece, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia (no. 14165/16) see here SUMMARY Detention conditions for minors and degrading treatment. Detention conditions in Greece, five unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan. With regard to the complaints against Greece under Articles 3 and 5 § 1 of the ECHR, the Court considered […]

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The refusal to grant a residence permit for family reintegration reasons to a foreigner who presented false information did not violate the right to respect for privacy.

JUDGMENT  Abokar v. Sweden 06-06-2019 (no. 23270/16) see here SUMMARY Refusal by the Swedish authorities to grant the applicant a residence permit for reasons of family reintegration. The applicant had provided inaccurate information to the authorities on his identity and thus had problems in proving this, while he had no connection with Sweden except his […]

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The Court decides not to return the children to their father because of domestic violence. Complete contradiction with the rationale of national courts.

JUDMENT  O.C.I. and others v. Romania 21.05.2019 (no. 49450/17) see here SUMMARY  Domestic violence. Abuse of children by their father in the past. The mother took the children to her home country of Romania and did not return to Italy, which was the permanent home of the family and where their Italian father lived. The […]

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The unfavorable treatment regarding the inheritance of a child born out of wedlock in relation to children born in marriage constitutes a prohibitive discrimination and also violates the right to property

JUDGMENT  Quilichini v. France 14.03.2019 (no. 38299/15) see here SUMMARY Child outside marriage and inheritance rights. Discrimination against the applicant as a child born outside marriage in relation to children born in marriage. The inheritance share of each of the children born in marriage was set at 5/12, whereas the applicant, who was born out […]

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