News Essentials: 8th February 2016

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

Latest deprivation of liberty ruling has ‘huge implications’ for children’s social workers
Experts say the case could soon be talked of as having a similar impact to Cheshire West itself in terms of the role of the state and its obligations to 16- and 17-year-olds. Full story: Community Care.

Non-biological mother wins international child abduction appeal in Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by a non-biological mother of a child, holding that the unilateral removal of the child to Pakistan by the biological mother did not cause the child to lose her English habitual residence, and that the English court retained full jurisdiction to make decisions about her welfare. Full story: Family Law Week. See Re B (A Child), below.

Children Arbitration Scheme to be launched
Resolution announces plan to roll-out scheme in July 2016. Full story: Family Law Week.

Aburn v Aburn [2016] EWCA Civ 72 (04 February 2016)
Second appeal from financial provision orders relating to provision for automatic increase in level of periodical payments payable to the wife following the date upon which the youngest child ceased privately funded secondary education. ,Full report: Bailii.

Re B (A child) [2016] UKSC 4 (3 February 2016)
Appeal by non-biological mother against decision that court did not have jurisdiction to deal with application seeking return of child from Pakistan. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

M (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 61 (02 February 2016)
Appeal from a care order in respect of one of two boys of adoptive parents. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

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