News Essentials: 11th January 2016

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases since my last News Essentials post on the 21st December:

Irish High Court judgment changes understanding of priority of proceedings under EU Brussels II
A recent High Court judgment in the Republic of Ireland may significantly affect the practices of international divorce lawyers across Europe. Full story: Family Law Week. See MH v MH, below.

DoE publishes findings of special guardianship review
Report highlights need for proper assessment at the start of each case. Full story: Family Law Week.

Judge criticises council over boy cared for by convicted paedophile
Social services staff have come under fire after a family court judge heard how a boy spent at least two years living with a relative who was a convicted paedophile. Full story: The Guardian.

Controlling or coercive domestic abuse to risk five-year prison term
CPS given new powers to bring charges if evidence is found of repeated offences within intimate or family relationships. Full story: The Guardian.

MH v MH [2015] IEHC 771 (2 December 2015)
Irish High Court case concerning a divorce race between the wife's petition for divorce made at the Bury St Edmunds Divorce Centre and the husband's application for judicial separation in Ireland. The judge found that the English court was first seised. Full report: via Family Law Hub.

B (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 1041 (15 September 2015)
Application by mother for permission to appeal against order transferring residence of 3 year old child to father. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii.

B (Children), Re [2015] EWCA Civ 1302 (21 December 2015)
Appeal by father against order permitting the mother of his two children to re-locate from England and Wales in order to take up permanent residence with her new husband in Abu Dhabi. Full report: Bailii.

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