News Essentials: 18th January 2016

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

Law will be changed to increase adoptions, government announces
Education secretary Nicky Morgan unveils measures to prioritise permanence and therapeutic care in placement decisions for vulnerable children. Full story: Community Care. See also this DfE press release.

Care applications in December 2015
In December 2015, Cafcass received a total of 1,092 care applications.  This figure represents a 17% increase compared to those received in December 2014. Full story: Cafcass.

Cafcass private law demand
In December 2015, Cafcass received a total of 2,991 new private law cases.  This is a 12% increase on December 2014 levels. Full story: Cafcass.

Interim Civil Courts structure report published by Lord Justice Briggs looks towards a more modern justice system
Lord Justice Briggs yesterday (12 January 2016) published an interim report concerning civil court structures and judicial processes as a whole. Full story: Family Law.

S (wardship), Re [2016] EWFC B1 (06 January 2016)
Proceedings concerning a 12 year old boy whose mother lacks capacity and whose father resides in Poland. Full report: Bailii.

Maughan v Wilmot [2016] EWHC 29 (Fam) (13 January 2016)
Application by husband to set aside child maintenance order on the basis that it had invalidly provided that it should be served upon him by email in Turkey. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Raani v Charazi [2015] EWFC B202 (24 August 2015)
Application by Queen's Proctor to set aside Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute and to dismiss divorce petition, on the basis of fraud. Full report: Bailii.

Li Quan v Bray [2015] EWCA Civ 1253 (04 December 2015)
Application by the wife for permission to appeal against order in financial remedy proceedings declaring that assets held in a trust were not a resource of the husband. Permission granted. Full report: Bailii.

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