Keegan v Ireland: ECHR 26 May 1994

The mother and father were not married, and their relationship broke up before the birth of the child, and the father was excluded from seeing the baby after the first time in hospital. He sought guardianship, and objected to his exclusion from involvement in the decision that the child should be adopted.
Held: Family ties come into existence where there is a relationship netween a man and a woman which is stable and where they have children even though they are not married.


16969/90, [1994] ECHR 18, [1994] 3 FCR 165, 1994) 18 EHRR 342, [1994] ECHR 18


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CitedSingh v Entry Clearance Officer New Delhi CA 30-Jul-2004
The applicant, an 8 year old boy, became part of his Indian family who lived in England, through an adoption recognised in Indian Law, but not in English Law. Though the adoption was genuine, his family ties had not been broken in India. The family . .
CitedDawson v Wearmouth HL 4-Feb-1999
The parents were unmarried. The mother had registered the child under her former partner’s surname. The father sought an order that his name be used instead. The mother’s apeal against an order to that effect had succeeded.
Held: The father’s . .
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Updated: 21 August 2022; Ref: scu.165316