Re M (a child: adoption proceedings)

Adoption – Dispensing with consent of parent or guardian. The step-father (B) of a minor (M) born in Thailand had made an application to adopt M. B and M's mother applied to dispense with the requirement to notify M's birth father (X) of the application. In allowing that application, the Family Division held that X was not an automatic party to the proceedings and the circumstances of the case justified confidentiality.

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