News Essentials: 7th December 2015

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

Gay couple's international child custody battle to be ruled on by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court will consider the complex issues of habitual residence, the definition of parenthood and the power of the English Court to make orders about British nationals resident overseas at an important hearing next week. Full story: Family Law.

Woman, 50, wins right to refuse life-saving treatment because her 'sparkle' has gone
Mr Justice MacDonald said although many would be horrified by the woman's decision, she had the mental capacity to refuse treatment. Full story: The Telegraph. See Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v C & Anor, below.

Concern for special guardianship support as figures show 1 in 4 new orders has supervision order attached
A rise in the number and proportion of special guardianship orders being made with supervision orders attached reflects family courts’ lack of trust that local authorities will provide adequate support to families, according to experts. Full story: Community Care.

Sharia courts in Britain lock women into 'marital captivity', study says
Sharia courts in Britain are locking women into “marital captivity” and doing nothing to officially report domestic violence, according to an academic who gained unprecedented access to Islamic divorce hearings. Full story: The Independent.

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v C & Anor [2015] EWCOP 80 (30 November 2015)
Application by NHS Trust for a declaration that a patient lacks capacity to make decisions about her medical care and treatment. Full report: Bailii.

H (Children), Re [2015] EWCA Civ 1216 (01 December 2015)
Appeal by father against, inter alia, the making of no order relation to contact and decision not to enforce an order for indirect contact. Full report: Bailii.

RS, Re (Forced Marriage Protection Order) [2015] EWHC 3534 (Fam) (03 December 2015)
Application by local authority for forced marriage protection order. Full report: Bailii.

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