Monday, April 18, 2016

News Essentials: 18th April 2016


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

NEWS
68% of local authorities show a year-on-year increase in the rate of care applications
Cafcass have today released statistics showing the number of care applications received per 10,000 child population – the rate of care applications – by each local authority in England during 2015-16. Full story: Family Law.

Powys mum banned from naming daughter Cyanide by court
A mother has been banned from naming her baby Cyanide after the poison which Adolf Hitler took before shooting himself. Full story: BBC News. See C (Children), below.

Supreme Court rejects attenuated welfare test: Re N (Children) [2016] UKSC 15
Re N (Children) [2016] UKSC 15 unanimously allowed the appeal from an order transferring the care proceedings pursuant to Art 15 of Brussels IIa. Full story: Family Law. See law report below.

Cafcass private law demand
In March 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,287 new private law cases.  This is a 4% increase on March 2015 levels. Full story: Cafcass.

Care applications in March 2016
In March 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,221 care applications.  This figure represents a 14% increase compared to those received in March 2015. Full story: Cafcass.

Deprivation of liberty court cases triple but fall short of Cheshire West predictions
Ministry of Justice figures reveal 1,499 deprivation of liberty cases reached Court of Protection last year, up from 525 in 2014. Full story: Community Care.

112,000 private law applications but fewer than 5,000 MIAMs in 2014/15
National Family Mediation unearths figures through Freedom of Information request. Full story: Family Law Hub.

CASES
C (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 374 (14 April 2016)
Appeal by mother against order preventing her from registering children's names of her choice. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Mutch v Mutch [2016] EWCA Civ 370 (13 April 2016)
Appeal against order setting aside order varying periodical payments order. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

N (Children), Re [2016] UKSC 15 (13 April 2016)
Appeal against order for transfer of care proceedings relating to two children born in England to Hungarian parents, to Hungary. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

E-R (Child Arrangements) [2016] EWHC 805 (Fam) (08 April 2016)
Re-hearing of cross-applications by father and family friends for child arrangement orders in respect of child whose mother had died. Full report: Bailii.

I, Re (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) [2016] EWHC 791 (Fam) (12 April 2016)
Application by partner of mother of child born as a result of IVF treatment for a declaration that he is the child's legal parent. Full report: Bailii.

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