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Lucy Whitesmith, Barrister, 4 Paper Buildings and Daniel Coombes, Solicitor and mediator, Family Law in Partnership. The decision of the House of Lords in July 2006 in Re G (Children)  UKHL 43 has a good claim to be the most important child law case since J v C AC. Despite its unusual facts, it is of universal application. It addresses s 1(1) of the Children Act 1989 and goes to the root of some of the most basic questions in family law, such as what is a parent? and how much does the blood tie matter? If the facts are familiar it is because the case was in the Court of Appeal a year earlier on the separate issue of sole or joint residence: Re G (Residence: Same-Sex Partner)  2 FLR 957. That decision gave strong support to the tide in favour of shared residence arrangements and, accordingly, bolstered the position of lesbian co-parents (non-biological lesbian mothers). The decision of the House of Lords is significant in the following areas:
See November  Fam Law for the full article.
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