News Essentials: 26th September 2016

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

Family Drug and Alcohol Court’s ‘humane’ approach keeps more families together
New research has found that mothers reunited with their children after care proceedings in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court are more likely to stay off drugs and alcohol for longer, and their family life less likely to be disrupted when compared with cases heard in ordinary care proceedings. Full story: Family Law.

Court directs solicitor to travel to Saudi Arabia to meet Amina Al-Jeffery in private
The solicitor representing Amina Al-Jeffery in High Court proceedings concerning her removal to Saudi Arabia from her home in Wales, is to visit Riyadh in order to take instructions in person from her client. Full story: Family Law Week. See report, below.

Courts face “imminent crisis” with rise in care cases, warns top family judge
The family courts face “a clear and imminent crisis” as a result of the rapidly rising number of care cases, the President of the Family Division has warned. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Al-Jeffery v Al-Jeffery (Vulnerable adult; British citizen : No 2) [2016] EWHC 2309 (Fam) (13 September 2016)
Further hearing relating to a vulnerable adult who claimed to be held against her will in Saudi Arabia. Direction for solicitor to meet her in Saudi Arabia, to ascertain her wishes. Full report: Bailii.

Zdravkovic v Serbia - 28181/11 (Judgment (Merits and Just Satisfaction) : Court (Third Section)) [2016] ECHR 770 (20 September 2016)
Complaint by mother that failure to enforce interim access and custody orders breached her Article 6 & 8 rights. Held, there had been no violation. Full report: Bailii.

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