A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:
MOJ confirms closure of 86 courts
The government has today (11 February 2016) announced their intention to close 86 courts across England and Wales. Full story: Family Law.
Seven per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in January
Figures released by Cafcass show that, in January 2016, the number of private law cases received increased by 7% from January 2015 levels. Full story: Family Law.
Care applications received by Cafcass in January increase by 16%
Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of care applications received in January 2016 increased by 16% from those received in January 2015. Full story: Family Law.
Updated private law orders released
Following on from the draft private law orders published in late January, new versions have been circulated which have some minor changes and corrections and also include Welsh versions. Full story: Family Law.
Special guardianship regulations updated to strengthen assessments
New rules, which will come into force at the end of February, focus on guardian's relationship with child and their future needs. Full story: Community Care.
P (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1428 (24 November 2015)
Mother's appeal against a child arrangements order limiting her contact with 18 month old child to indirect contact only. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Family Law Week.
D (Children)  EWCA Civ 89 (11 February 2016)
Application by father for permission to appeal against order for supervised contact and s.91(14) order. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii.
S (Children)  EWCA Civ 83 (09 February 2016)
Appeal by father in relation to findings of fact made against him in the course of care proceedings relating to his two children. Full report: Bailii.
Burns v Burns  EWCA Civ 37 (28 January 2016)
The appeal from a decision finding that the deceased had testamentary capacity and that the will was valid, was dismissed. Full report: Family Law.
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