News Essentials: 14th March 2016

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

Court ruling piles pressure on government to release funding for representation in deprivation of liberty cases
Judge places responsibility on health secretary Jeremy Hunt and justice secretary Michael Gove to find workable solution to representation issues. Full story: Community Care. See also Re J and Re VE, below.

Guidance given in child support cases where a parent is fearful of attending hearing because of intimidation
The Upper Tribunal has provided guidance as to how the First-tier Tribunal should exercise case management powers in child support cases where a parent expresses concern about attending a hearing because of fear of intimidation by the other parent. Full story: Family Law Week. See WA v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, below.

Court rules transgender teenager can cut off contact with adoptive parents
Judge says best chance of future reconciliation is to respect boy’s current wish to shun parents who kept using his old name. Full story: The Guardian. See PD v SD, below.

New private law cases received by Cafcass in February up 10% on a year ago
In February 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,237 new private law cases.  This is a 10% increase on February 2015 levels. Full story: Family Law Week.

Care applications hit record high
The number of applications for children to be taken into the care system in England has hit an all-time high. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

Re VE (Deprivation of Liberty) [2016] EWCOP 16 (10 March 2016)
Case seeking welfare orders to authorise deprivation of liberty, where Rule 3A representative available. Full report: Family Law.

Re J and Others (Deprivation of Liberty) [2016] EWCOP 15 (10 March 2016)
Five cases seeking welfare orders to authorise deprivation of liberty. Full report: Family Law.

In the matter of D (Children) (Child abduction: practice) [2016] EWHC 504 (Fam) (10 March 2016)
Application by father for return of children to USA. Father successfully challenged ex parte order in USA allowing mother to remove children from USA. Father given permission to withdraw Hague proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

PD v SD & Anor [2015] EWHC 4103 (Fam) (26 August 2015)
Application by looked after 16 year old for declaration that his adoptive parents should not receive any information about his day-to-day life, nor about his assessment and possible treatment at the Tavistock Clinic or other medical facility. Full report: Bailii.

WA v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Anor (Child support : tribunal practice) [2016] UKUT 86 (AAC) (14 January 2016)
Appeal raising the issue of how the FTT should exercise its case management powers to ensure that, in a child support case, a parent is not prevented from attending a hearing due to fear of intimidation. Full report: Bailii.

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