Monday, November 09, 2015

News Essentials: 9th November 2015

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

President calls for end of misuse of section 20 agreements
Steps needed urgently to ensure that there is no repetition of local authority practice. Full story: Family Law Week. See also N (Children : Adoption: Jurisdiction), below.

New arrears figures for the Child Maintenance Service are “disappointing” says Gingerbread
New figures released for the first time reveal that, less than two years after the Child Maintenance Service opened its doors to all new applicants, £35m of arrears owed to children has accumulated. Full story: Gingerbread.

Cohabitation continues to be fastest growing relationship in UK
Figures released today (5 November 2015) show that the cohabiting couple family continues to be the fastest growing family type in the UK in 2015. Full story: Family Law,

Fifth of looked after children placed in children’s homes judged adequate or worse
Ofsted publishes information about the characteristics of all looked after children. Full story: Family Law Week.

N (Children : Adoption: Jurisdiction) [2015] EWCA Civ 1112 (02 November 2015)
Care and placement order proceedings in relation to two Hungarian children. Appeals against order transferring proceedings to Hungary. Appeals dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

M (Children), Re [2015] EWCA Civ 994 (22 July 2015)
Appeal by parents of 3 boys against order dismissing their application for the discharge of care orders made in relation to the children in October 2008. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

C (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 1096 (29 July 2015)
Appeal by father against child arrangements order and injunction forbidding him from recording any occasion when he met with the mother or members of her family. Full report: Family Law Week.

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