News Essentials: 11th July 2016

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

Ex-model wins £75m divorce settlement from Saudi billionaire
Christina Estrada awarded sum, including £53m cash payment, at high court from former husband Sheikh Walid Juffali. Full story: The Guardian. See Juffali v Juffali, below.

Family justice review: how care applications vary in different LAs
Research looking at care applications in 21 local authorities (LAs) and how long they take. Full story: Department for Education.

Strategy for helping care leavers published
State will support care leavers to achieve specified key outcomes. Full story: Family Law Week.

ALC publishes guidance on settlement conferences pilot
Association expresses concern about parties’ right to a fair hearing. Full story: Family Law Week.

Post-adoption support interventions: independent evidence review
Review of evidence relating to 15 post-adoption support therapeutic interventions for children and families. Full story: Department for Education.

Civil partner takes dissolution battle to Court of Appeal
Woman fighting for fair settlement after ex-partner hid £6m assets in business. Full story: Family Law.

X (A Child) (No 2), Re [2016] EWHC 1668 (Fam) (08 July 2016)
Care proceedings. Application for reporting restriction order to keep the identities of the adult parties confidential. Full report: Bailii.

Juffali v Juffali [2016] EWHC 1684 (Fam) (30 June 2016)
Application for financial relief under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 where the judge had to consider needs in a context of an extremely opulent lifestyle. Full report: Family Law Hub.

MCJ v MAJ (Financial Provision: Treatment of Non-Matrimonial Property) [2016] EWHC 1672 (Fam) (6 July 2016)
Judgment in financial remedy proceedings where Roberts J had to factor in a pre-acquired property portfolio of the husband. The wife was award over 50% of the marital acquest as her needs required it. Full report: Family Law Hub.

K (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 462 (14 April 2016)
Appeal by mother against dismissal of application for permission to oppose adoption application. Appeal allowed. Full report: Family Law Week.

London Borough of Sutton v Gray & Ors v Guardian News and Media Ltd [2016] EWHC 1608 (Fam) (22 June 2016)
Application for the publication of the judgment of Eleanor King J in the Ellie Butler case. Full report: Bailii.

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