News Essentials: 29th March 2016

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

Education Secretary unveils a new blueprint for adoption
New plan to see more children placed in loving, stable homes by ensuring adoption is always pursued where it is in a child’s best interest. Full story: Department for Education.

Legal aid cuts add to strain on divorcees
Nine out of 10 people forced to represent themselves in family court reported a negative impact, says Citizens Advice. Full story: The Guardian.

Rising numbers in child protection system ’down to cuts’, MPs told
Numbers of children entering the child protection system are on the rise because service designed to help them stay with their families are being “decimated”, MPs have been told. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

Resolution urges LAA to delay compulsory CCMS use
Resolution has this week written to the Legal Aid Agency, urging them to delay the compulsory use of the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS), which is due to take place from 1st April. Full story: Resolution.

Hammond criticises judge for stripping diplomatic immunity from Saudi billionaire
Diplomatic role for Sheikh Walid Juffali – facing divorce proceedings in UK – was ‘entirely artificial construct’, says judge. Full story: The Guardian. See Al-Juffali v Estrada, below.

FM (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 189 (23 March 2016)
Appeal by a mother against a special guardianship order in respect of her son. Full report: Bailii.

L (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 173 (22 March 2016)
Appeal from a committal order made on 18 January 2016, for breach of a collection order which had been made over eleven years previously. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Besharova v Berezovsky [2016] EWCA Civ 161 (22 March 2016)
Appeal by wife relating to the construction of a term of a consent order. Full report: Bailii.

Al-Juffali v Estrada [2016] EWCA Civ 176 (22 March 2016)
Appeal against order dismissing application of H to strike out W's claim for financial relief pursuant to Part III MFPA 1984 on the basis that H was entitled to diplomatic immunity. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Robertson v Robertson [2016] EWHC 613 (Fam) (08 March 2016)
Wife's claim for financial remedies, in which the central issue was how shares owned by the husband prior to the marriage should be treated, and to what extent the wife should share in their value. Full report: Bailii.

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