News Essentials: 3rd October 2016

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

Sharp fall in numbers of children being adopted
Numbers of children being adopted have fallen for the first time in more than four years, government figures show. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

Latest legal aid and court statistics published
The Ministry of Justice have today (29 September 2016) published their latest legal aid and family court statistics. Full story: Family Law.

New cases in the family courts rise by 10% year-on-year in most recent quarter
The figures were revealed in latest statistics published by the Ministry of Justice. Full story: Family Law Week.

Completed Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications rise 68 per cent
NHS Digital has published its findings from the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) data collection from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. Full story: Family Law.

DWP publishes evaluation of help for separated families projects
Report looks at the progress of 17 services funded by the department and finds that they need to find ways to sustain their impact. Full story: Family Law Hub.

FD (Inherent Jurisdiction: Power of Arrest) [2016] EWHC 2358 (Fam) (28 September 2016)
The issue before the court was whether a power of arrest may be attached to an injunction granted by the High Court under its inherent jurisdiction in the case of a vulnerable adult who has capacity. Full report: Bailii.

Waudby v Aldhouse (Financial Remedies: Delay in Application) [2016] EWFC B63 (31 May 2016)
Appeal by husband against lump sum and periodical payments orders made in favour of wife in excess of 20 years after the parties separated. Appeal allowed and orders discharged. Full report: Bailii.

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