News Essentials: 28th November 2016

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

Litigant in person’s ‘misconceived’ applications an abuse of process
Munby J rejects serial litigant’s ‘scurrilous’ allegations. Full story: Solicitors Journal. See Akester v Fitzgerald, below.

Law Society practice note: Court duty scheme for private law family clients
The Law Society has issued a practice note for family practitioners intending to set up or provide advice at a court duty scheme for private law family cases. Full story: Family Law.

Court of Appeal gives important judgment about witnesses’ rights to appeal in family proceedings
Witnesses subject of adverse judicial findings may challenge judge’s findings on appeal. Full story: Family Law Week. See Re W (A Child).

Goddard-Watts v Goddard-Watts [2016] EWHC 3000 (Fam) (23 November 2016)
Rehearing of wife's financial remedy application, the previous final order having been set aside by because of the husband's non-disclosure in respect of his interest in two trusts. Full report: Bailii.

P (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1127 (28 July 2016)
Application for permission to appeal by mother against orders refusing her application for contact and under section 91(14) Children Act 1989. Full report: Family Law Week.

Akester v Fitzgerald [2016] EWHC 2961 (Fam) (21 November 2016)
Judgment dealing with application by litigant in person, seeking to stay execution of an order made in the course of financial remedy proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

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