Re London Borough of Tower Hamlets [2019] EWHC 1572 (Fam)

Re London Borough of Tower Hamlets [2019] EWHC 1572 (Fam) is not binding on Australian courts, but nevertheless may have a persuasive effect on future similar cases. It relates to a couple who refused to register their son’s birth believing that it would cause the child to become controlled by a State. Following a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, it was decided the council involved is an “institutional parent”. This means a member of staff can step in and register the birth.

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