Family court proceedings and immigration decisions

In two recently decided cases, the High Court looked at the relationship between immigration matters and proceedings in the family court. That is about as far as it goes in terms of a unifying theme, if I’m honest: the uncontroversial proposition in each one is that the immigration and family jurisdictions are really very different. This is a self-denying statement on the part of Mr Justice Holman in BA & Anor v JA & Ors (female genital mutilation protection orders and immigration appeals) [2018] EWHC 1754 (Fam). Holman J was asked to make a female genital mutilation protection order for a Nigerian family whose pending asylum appeal is based on the risk…

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