News Essentials: 25th April 2016

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

New Resolution chair aims for no fault divorce
New Resolution national chair Nigel Shepherd used his first speech in the role to issue a rallying cry for family lawyers to continue to call for no fault divorce. Full story: Family Law,

Muslim man loses high court bid to have sons circumcised
Father went to court after mother of the boys, aged four and six, objected to the procedure at a young age. Full story: The Guardian, See law report, below.

Court takes stand against 'divorce tourism' in case of millionaire barrister and artist ex-wife
An Appeal Court judge has taken a stand on so-called "divorce tourism" in a dispute between a millionaire QC and his former wife who agreed a settlement in Australia. Full story: The Telegraph,

Senior childcare lawyer warns of pressures from “remorseless” rise in cases
A significant rise in public law children cases is putting more pressure on social workers and child care lawyers, all of whom are experiencing significant budgetary cutbacks, a senior local authority lawyer has warned. Full story: Local Government Lawyer,

I (A Child), Re [2016] EWHC 910 (Fam) (18 April 2016)
Care proceedings relating to 15 year old boy. Judgment concerning whether information he imparted to a social worker should be disclosed to the other parties by the local authority. Full report: Bailii.

Spencer v Anderson (Paternity Testing: Jurisdiction) [2016] EWHC 851 (Fam) (15 April 2016)
Proceedings raising the issue of whether the Court can direct scientific testing of the DNA of a person who has died for the purpose of providing evidence of paternity. Full report: Bailii.

L And B (Children : Specific Issues : temporary Leave To Remove From the Jurisdiction; Circumcision) [2016] EWHC 849 (Fam) (05 April 2016)
Applications by father of two children in relation to the amount of time they should spend with each parent, whether he should be permitted to remove the children from the jurisdiction for the general purposes of foreign travel and whether it is in the children's best interests to allow them to be circumcised. Full report: Bailii.

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