News Essentials: 7th November 2016

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

Compulsory reporting of child abuse concerns 'could deluge social workers'
Eileen Munro, who conducted child protection review in wake of Baby P case, warns against government plans. Full story: The Guardian.

Cohabitation remains fastest growing relationship in UK
Figures released today (4 November 2016) show that the cohabiting couple family continues to be the fastest growing family type in the UK in 2016. Full story: Family Law.

Rise in child protection cases ups pressure on services
Department for Education figures reveal year-on-year rise in child protection demand continues. Full story: Community Care.

Foster care case teenager wins right to own lawyer
The teenager was fighting a local authority request from social workers that she be put into foster care. Full story: Sky News. See W (A Child), below.

UK couple cleared of abuse give up court battle to regain care of child
Man and woman abandon legal fight and say taking child away from adoptive parents would be wrong. Full story: The Guardian. See Re X, below.

UK surrogate vetoes legal parenthood for biological parents despite having no wish to be involved in children’s lives
The High Court has ruled that it cannot award legal parenthood to the biological parents of twins born through a UK surrogacy arrangement, because the surrogate who carried them has refused to give her permission. Full story: Family Law. See Re AB (Surrogacy Consent).

Goyal v Goyal [2016] EWFC 50 (04 November 2016)
Judgment in long-running ancillary relief proceedings, concerned with whether a pension sharing order can be made in respect of a foreign pension arrangement. Full report: Bailii.

X (A Child) (No 3), Re [2016] EWHC 2755 (Fam) (02 November 2016)
Care proceedings, in which re-opening of fact-finding hearing was directed, in the light of new evidence. Decision to proceed, notwithstanding withdrawal of parents. Full report: Bailii.

B-C (A Child), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 970 (28 July 2016)
Application by local authority for permission to appeal against refusal to list interim care order application. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

W (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1051 (01 November 2016)
Appeal by 16 year old against order refusing to permit her to be separately represented in relation to the local authority's application for a recovery order and in relation to her own application to discharge the care order imposed in relation to her. Full report: Bailii.

M (Children), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 1059 (01 November 2016)
Appeal by father against order granting permission to mother to relocate with the children to Moscow. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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