News Essentials: 11th April 2016

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

Supreme Court to rule on applicability of art 15 of Brussels IIa to care proceedings
Court considers assessment of children’s best interests on applications for transfer of proceedings. Full story: Family Law Week.

Domestic violence evidence requirements for legal aid
LAA responds to Court of Appeal judgment. Full story: Family Law Week.

Family Justice Council: Help with sorting out finances on divorce
The Family Justice Council has launched a new financial guide to help people going through a divorce without a lawyer. Full story: Family Law.

Report reveals wide variation in charging for divorce services
Most firms offer fixed fees for simpler, uncontested cases. Full story: Family Law Week.

Guidance issued on s. 20 Children Act amid fears councils could misinterpret law
Cafcass, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and ADSS Cymru have published guidance aimed at clarifying the expectations on local authorities for children looked after under s.20 of the Children Act 1989. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Court of Appeal gives guidance in committal cases
Mrs Justice Theis sets out checklist of considerations. Full story: Family Law Week. See L (A Child).

Z (Recognition of Foreign Judgments), Re [2016] EWHC 784 (Fam) (08 April 2016)
Judgment considering the exercise of the court's powers under the inherent jurisdiction to recognise and enforce orders concerning the medical treatment of children made by courts of another member state of the European Union. Full report: Bailii.

C (Children), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 356 (07 April 2016)
Appeal by mother against orders made in care proceedings concerning her two children. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

G, Re (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) [2016] EWHC 729 (Fam) (06 April 2016)
Application by biological mother of twins born as a result of IVF treatment for a declaration that she is their legal parent. Full report: Bailii,

Liden v Burton [2016] EWCA Civ 275 (02 March 2016)
Appeal against a ruling that the circumstances in which the ex-partner of the owner of a property had paid £500 a month for several years as a contribution towards the expenses of running and maintaining the property gave rise to a proprietary estoppel. The appeal was dismissed. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

Y (Children) (No 3) [2016] EWHC 503 (Fam) (07 March 2016)
Judgment following finding of fact hearing in two cases concerning applications for EPOs where it was feared that children might be taken to Syria to join ISIS. Full report: Bailii.

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