News Essentials: 19th October 2015

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

Sharland and Gohil – Supreme Court decision – Wives win
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court allowed the wives' appeals. Full story: Family Law. See also judgments below.

Cafcass private law demand
In September 2015, Cafcass received a total of 3,094 new private law cases. This is a 9% increase on September 2014 levels. Full story: Cafcass.

Care applications in September 2015
In September 2015, Cafcass received a total of 979 care applications. This figure represents a 7% increase compared to those received in September 2014. Full story: Cafcass.

MP says couples should be allowed to apply for 'no fault divorce'
Richard Bacon MP has proposed an amendment to family law which would enable couples to say there was no fault for the break-up. Full story: The Telegraph.

Effective family-based child maintenance arrangements: data to March 2015
Children benefiting from effective family-based child maintenance arrangements after contacting the Child Maintenance Options service. Full story: Department for Work and Pensions.

Gohil v Gohil [2015] UKSC 61 (14 October 2015)
Appeal by wife against order allowing appeal against order setting aside consent order on grounds of non-disclosure by husband. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Sharland v Sharland [2015] UKSC 60 (14 October 2015)
Appeal by wife considering the impact of fraudulent non-disclosure on a financial settlement agreed between a husband and wife on divorce, especially one embodied in a court order. Full report: Bailii.

F (Child's Objections) (was Re N on appeal) [2015] EWCA Civ 1022 (14 October 2015)
Appeal by father against order for the return of the children to Australia. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

A and B (Contact) (No 4) [2015] EWHC 2839 (Fam) (14 October 2015)
Judgment in long-running proceedings concerning two children regarding, inter alia, issue of contact. Full report: Bailii.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v A & Ors [2015] EWHC 2828 (Fam) (02 October 2015)
Case concerning the withdrawal of life support from two very young children. Full report: Bailii.

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