News Essentials: 22nd February 2016

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

Faults found in old version of Form E1
Faults affected version used between April 2011 and March 2012. Full story: Family Law Week.

Child outcomes after parental separation: variations by contact and court involvement
Analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study, exploring child outcomes after parental separation. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Changes to legal aid for domestic violence victims ruled 'invalid'
Court of Appeal declares alterations to rules on obtaining support legally flawed, in victory for women’s rights campaigners. Full story: The Guardian. See Rights of Women v The Lord Chancellor, below.

Commons Library publishes ‘common law marriage’ and cohabitation paper
The Library of Commons last week (Tuesday 9 February 2016) published a new briefing paper relating to ‘common law marriage’ and cohabitation across England and Wales. Full story: Family Law.

K (Children), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 99 (19 February 2016)
Appeal by father against child arrangements order providing for the children to live with the mother and for there to be only indirect contact with the father. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Rapp v Sarre (Formerly Rapp) [2016] EWCA Civ 93 (18 February 2016)
Appeal by husband against ancillary relief order giving the wife a greater share of the capital assets. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Queen on the application of Rights for Women v The Lord Chancellor [2016] EWCA Civ 91 (18 February 2016)
Appeal in respect of refusal of application to quash regulation 33 of the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012, which specifies the types of supporting evidence of domestic violence which must be provided in support of an application for legal aid. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

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