News Essentials: 16th May 2016

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

President issues guidance on international family law
Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued guidance on family cases with an international aspect. Full story: Family Law.

Cafcass private law demand
In April 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,557 new private law cases.  This is a 24% increase on April 2015 levels. Full story: Cafcass.

Care applications in April 2016
In April 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,221 care applications.  This figure represents a 28% increase compared to those received in April 2015. Full story: Cafcass.

CoramBAAF expresses concern about use of Special Guardianship Orders
SGOs are too often made ‘without sufficient background checks’. Full story: Family Law Week.

PH v AH [2016] EWHC 1131 (Fam) (09 May 2016)
Application by a father for the return of his daughter to Poland. Full report: Bailii.

Local Authority X v HI & Ors [2016] EWHC 1123 (Fam) (12 May 2016)
Application by a Guardian for an order restraining a local authority from disclosing to the parents of a child in care a piece of information which that child has shared with professionals. Full report: Bailii.

X (Foreign Surrogacy: Child's Name), Re [2016] EWHC 1068 (Fam) (21 January 2016)
Application for a parental order in respect of child born following surrogacy arrangement in Nepal. Full report: Bailii.

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