News Essentials: 24th October 2016

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

Boy 'living life entirely as a girl' removed from mother's care by judge
Mother who was convinced her son perceived himself as a girl caused 7-year-old boy ‘significant emotional harm’. Full story: The Guardian. See Re J, below.

President clarifies status of draft guidance on anonymising judgments
Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued a statement on the judicial website clarifying the status of draft guidance on anonymising judgments published in August 2016 by the Association of Lawyers for Children and Dr Julia Brophy. Full story: Family Law.

McKenzie friend jailed for ‘deceit in family court’
A paid McKenzie friend has been jailed for perverting the course of justice in a family court. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Thum v Thum [2016] EWHC 2634 (Fam) (21 October 2016)
Application by husband to dismiss or stay the wife's petition due to delay in service, where the husband subsequently issued a petition in Germany. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

J (A Minor), Re [2016] EWHC 2430 (Fam) (21 October 2016)
Final hearing of care proceedings concerning a 7 year old boy, who the mother was convinced perceived himself as a girl. Full report: Bailii.

London Borough of Redbridge v A, B and E (Failure to Comply with Directions) [2016] EWHC 2627 (Fam) (17 October 2016)
Application by local authority to adjourn final hearing of care proceedings, due to its own failure to comply with the court's directions. Full report: Bailii.

Thakkar v Thakkar [2016] EWHC 2488 (Fam) (08 June 2016)
Application by respondent husband to make decree nisi absolute, notwithstanding that wife's financial remedies application had not been determined. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

R (Final), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 1016 (20 October 2016)
Appeal by father against dismissal of application for an order that the mother should return to the family home in Kent with the child, who she took to stay with her family in the North East. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

M & L (Children), Re [2016] EWHC 2535 (Fam) (14 October 2016)
Proceedings concerning two children, one residing with the father in England and the other with the mother in Norway. Judgment concerning submission of a request to the court of Norway to assume jurisdiction under 1996 Hague Convention. Full report: Bailii.

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