A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:
The Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2016
Article 2 of this Order amends the Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2014 to provide for the route of appeal from certain decisions or orders of Circuit judges and Recorders sitting in the family court to be to the High Court, rather than the Court of Appeal. Statutory Instrument.
Civil partnerships registrations halved since introduction of same gender marriage
Dissolutions increase by 14% since 2014. Full story: Family Law Week.
Acquitted dad Craig Beattie 'killed baby son' family judge said
A judge found that a father killed his baby son in a ruling made a year before he was cleared of manslaughter by a jury, it has emerged. Full story: BBC News.
Violent crimes against women in England and Wales reach record high
Director of public prosecutions says use of social media to threaten and control is driving factor behind 10% rise in number of cases to 117,568 in 2015-16. Full story: The Guardian.
Hayden J expresses concern about preparation of ‘habitual residence’ cases
Such cases are a factual exploration and must be ‘child driven’. Full story: Family Law Week. See B (A Minor : Habitual Residence).
M (Children), Re  EWCA Civ 937 (09 September 2016)
Appeal concerning the extent of the court's jurisdiction, if any, to make orders in wardship and/or under the inherent jurisdiction for the accommodation of a young person who is 17 years of age. Full report: Bailii.
Hart v Hart  EWCA Civ 497 (24 May 2016)
Renewed application by husband for permission to appeal in ancillary relief proceedings. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii.
K v K  EWHC 2002 (Fam) (29 July 2016)
Appeal by father against order recognising order of Russian court, on the basis that the 1996 Hague Convention was not in force between England and Wales and the Russian Federation on the date that the Russian order was made. Full report: Bailii.
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