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H v An Adoption Agency (No.2)(Declaration of Parentage and Public Policy) [2021] EWHC 1943 (Fam)

Date:22 JUL 2021
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(Family Division, MacDonald J, 13 July 2021)

Adoption – Declaration of parentage – Birth father sought declaration in respect of child who had been adopted

The birth father’s application for a declaration of parentage was refused.

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Neutral Citation Number: [2021] EWHC 1943 (Fam)

Case No: PR20P00303


Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 13/07/2021



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First Respondent

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An Adoption Agency
Second Respondent

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The Attorney General for England and Wales

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The Applicant appeared in person
The First Respondent did not appear and was not represented
Ms Lorraine Cavanagh QC and Ms Eleanor Keehan (instructed by the Adoption Agency) for the Second Respondent
Mr Edward Devereux QC (instructed by The Government Legal Department) for the Intervenor

Hearing dates: 8 June 2021

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Approved Judgment

I direct that no official shorthand note shall be taken of this Judgment and that copies of this version as handed down may be treated as authentic. Covid-19 Protocol: This judgment was handed down remotely by circulation to the parties' representatives by email. The date and time for hand-down is deemed to be at 10.00pm on 13 July 2021.



This judgment was delivered in private. The Judge has given permission for this anonymised version of the judgment (and any of the facts and matters contained in it) to be published on condition always that the names and the addresses of the parties and the children must not be published.  For the avoidance of doubt, the strict prohibition on publishing the names and addresses of the parties and the children will continue to apply where that information has been obtained by using the contents of this judgment to discover information already in the public domain. All persons, including representatives of the media, must ensure that these conditions are strictly complied with.  Failure to do so will be a contempt of court.

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