News Essentials: 14th November 2016

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

Court of appeal upholds decision to keep Oxford mother's child in care
Judges heard how the three-year-old ‘Child B’ moved uncontrollably and ran into traffic. Full story: The Guardian. See Re S (Children), below.

New guidance issued on facilitating participation of ‘P’ and vulnerable persons in Court of Protection proceedings
Mr Justice Charles has issued guidance on facilitating participation of ‘P’ and vulnerable persons in Court of Protection proceedings. Full story: Family Law.

Government rejects recommendation that divorce fee rise should be rescinded
The Government has rejected the recommendation of the House of Commons Justice Committee that the increase in the divorce petition fee to £550 should be rescinded. Full story: Family Law Week.

Private law cases received by Cafcass in October up 9% on a year ago
3,505 new private law cases received. Full story: Family Law Week.

Care applications to Cafcass in October 5% up on a year ago
Rate of increase lower than in recent months. Full story: Family Law Week.

Brexit may be final straw for some couples, say divorce lawyers
The stress of Brexit is adding to pressure on couples on the brink of divorce, according to the head of the UK’s largest family law organisation. Full story: The Guardian.

Lord Chief Justice concerned by volume of public and private law cases before the Family Court
Annual report highlights workload problems in the Family Court. Full story: Family Law Week.

B (A Child), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 1088 (13 September 2016)
Application by father for permission to appeal various orders made in private law children proceedings, including an order allowing publication of judgment in relation to father's contact application. Full report: Bailii.

A & B (Children), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 1101 (09 November 2016)
Appeal by parents against care orders in respect of their children, in particular against findings of fact made within the care proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

AS v TH (No 2) (Jurisdiction to Make Final Orders) [2016] EWHC 2825 (Fam) (04 November 2016)
Child arrangements proceedings concerning two children brought to England from Scotland by their mother, including consideration of issue of jurisdiction. Full report: Bailii.

H v H (Maintenance Pending Suit) [2015] EWHC B30 (Fam) (03 December 2015)
Applications by wife for maintenance pending suit and legal services order. Full report: Bailii.

S (Children), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 1090 (08 November 2016)
Appeal by mother against care and placement orders in respect of the middle of three children. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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