Monday, November 30, 2015

News Essentials: 30th November 2015


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

NEWS
Father’s appeal allowed by Supreme Court in 1996 Hague Convention case
The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by a Moroccan father whose son was brought to the UK by his mother against the father's wishes. Full story: Family Law Week. See J (A Child), below.

Divorce rate falls in latest ONS figures
The number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 2.9 per cent in 2013, according to the latest statistical bulletin published today (23 November 2015) from Office for National Statistics. Full story: Family Law.

President's practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court
Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has today (23 November 2015) issued practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court. Full story: Family Law.

Judge criticises 'minimal investigation' into death of 13-month-old girl
Mr Justice Jackson found Poppi Worthington’s death was not properly investigated for nine months. Full story: The Guardian. See Cumbria County Council v M and F, below.

Judge names social workers and recommends disciplinary investigation
A social worker and her manager were found to have lied under oath and changed the report of another social worker. Full story: Community Care. See Re A, B, C, D & E, below.

CASES
J (A Child) [2015] UKSC 70 (25 November 2015)
Appeal by Moroccan father whose son was brought to the UK by his mother against the father's wishes. Held that it is open to the English courts to exercise article 11 jurisdiction in cases of wrongful removal under the 1996 Convention. Full report: Bailii.

Cumbria County Council v M and F [2014] EWHC 4886 (Fam) (28 March 2014)
Judgment in care proceedings concerning the siblings of Poppi Worthington. Full report: Bailii.

A, B, C, D & E (Final Hearing), Re [2015] EWFC B186 (18 November 2015)
Final welfare hearing of care proceedings concerning five children, including findings that social workers had lied under oath and altered report of another social worker. Full report: Bailii.

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