News Essentials: 5th September 2016

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

Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal decisions concerning children’s participation in proceedings
Permission refused in Re S (Children) 2016 EWCA Civ 83 and F (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 546. Full story: Family Law Week.

Resolution ‘disappointed at selective reporting’ of President’s comments on care cases funding
‘Cheap shots at lawyers’ not best way to conduct debate on public funding. Full story: Family Law Week.

Police failing to use new law against coercive domestic abuse
Lawyers say controlling and coercive behaviour powers should be used to help victims before relationships turn violent. Full story: The Guardian.

USA signs Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention
On 30 August 2016, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, signed the instrument of ratification of the USA to the 2007 Hague Child Support and Maintenance Convention. Full story: Family Law.

Towards a Family Justice Observatory: national call for evidence
The research team working on 'Towards a Family Justice observatory', a project aiming to improve the generation and application of research in the family justice system, has issued a national call for evidence as a means of engaging with stakeholders in an open and transparent way to ascertain opinions and ideas. Full story: Family Law.

Guidance published on change of name on official documents
The Home Office has published new guidance on how applications are handled to change names on official documents. Full story: Family Law Week.

Force family lawyers to offer fixed fees, consumer panel suggests
Family law specialists should be required to work under fixed fees, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has suggested as it ramped up its call for regulatory intervention to improve transparency in the market. Full story: Legal Futures.

Government will press ahead with British Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights is a 'manifesto commitment'. Full story: Family Law Week.

Al-Jeffery v Al-Jeffery (Vulnerable adult; British citizen) [2016] EWHC 2151 (Fam) (03 August 2016)
Applications for forced marriage protection order and orders to protect a vulnerable adult who claimed to be held against her will in Saudi Arabia. Full report: Bailii.

B (A Minor : Habitual Residence) [2016] EWHC 2174 (Fam) (24 August 2016)
Application by mother for summary return of child to USA. Held that the child was habitually resident in the UK. Full report: Bailii.

L (Child), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 821 (25 August 2016)
Appeal by father against orders made in public law proceedings, on the ground that the court had no jurisdiction, there already being proceedings in France. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

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