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Polish court must rule on children's care, says judge

By Brian Farmer

The future of two children whose Polish parents have lived in Northern Ireland and England must be decided in courts in Poland, an English family court judge has decided.

Judge Clifford Bellamy was told that the couple, both in their 20s, had lived in Northern Ireland for around two years after leaving Poland and then moved to Derbyshire.

However, he said the children, a two-year-old girl and a 12-month-old boy, were Polish nationals.

Judge Bellamy said Polish family court judges should make decisions about the children's future care.

The judge was asked to consider the issues after social workers at Derbyshire County Council raised concerns about the children's welfare.

Judge Bellamy had analysed the case at a private family court hearing in Derby.

And the family court judge then announced his conclusions on legal jurisdiction in a written ruling.

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