News Essentials: 31st October 2016

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

Paper-free Digital Courtroom technology introduced at the Central London Family Court
E-filing local direction introduced for financial remedies applications. Full story: Family Law Week.

Family Justice Council 10th Annual Debate: settlement conferences
The Family Justice Council is holding its 10th Annual Debate and panel discussion in London between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday, 1 December 2016. Full story: Family Law.

MoJ opts into EU family law proposal over Brexit risk
The Ministry of Justice says it is in the UK’s interests to opt into an EU regulation on cross-border family matters as a result of risks that could arise once the UK has left the European Union. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Single parents owed millions of pounds for child maintenance, study reveals
Single parents in parts of the UK are owed millions of pounds in unpaid child maintenance, a new study shows. Full story:

A (A Child), Re [2016] EWHC 1397 (Fam) (17 May 2016)
Care proceedings concerning child of Czech parentage. Judgment concerning issue of jurisdiction. Full report: Bailii.

M v B [2016] EWHC 1657 (Fam) (10 June 2016)
Appeal by father against orders directing the registration and enforcement of a French residence order regarding the parties' two sons. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

J v U [2016] EWHC 2481 (Fam) (29 September 2016)
Judgment declining jurisdiction in respect of two children habitually resident in Bosnia. Full report: Bailii.

AB (Surrogacy Consent), Re [2016] EWHC 2643 (Fam) (25 October 2016)
Surrogacy. Judgment explaining why applications for parental orders could not be made, i.e. the refusal of the respondents to give their consent. Full report: Bailii.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council v M & Ors [2016] EWHC 2660 (Fam) (25 October 2016)
Judgment concerning applications for orders to protect a child from exploitation and for a reporting restriction order. Full report: Bailii.

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