News Essentials: 12th December 2016

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

1.8 million adults said they were victims of domestic violence in last year
There were in England and Wales an estimated 1.8 million adults aged 16 to 59 who said they were a victim of domestic abuse in the year ending March 2016. Full story: Family Law Week.

Men killed 900 women in six years in England and Wales, figures show
Government urged to protect long-term funding for domestic abuse services as study reveals scale of deadly male violence. Full story: The Guardian.

Divorce rate continues to fall in latest ONS figures
The number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 3.1 per cent in 2014, according to the latest statistical bulletin published today (5 December 2016) from Office for National Statistics (ONS). Full story: Family Law.

Claims for financial orders on divorce do not vest in trustee in bankruptcy
The judgment has been published in the dismissal of a claim by the trustee in bankruptcy under sections 23 and 24 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 where the bankrupt was deceased. Full story: Family Law Week. See Robert v Woodall.

A, B, C (Children), Re [2016] EWHC 2700 (Fam) (21 September 2016)
Judgment setting out agreement between parties in case concerning three children brought to this country from Belgium. Full report: Bailii.

T v E (Refusal to Order Return) [2016] EWHC 3148 (Fam) (05 December 2016)
Application by father for return of child to Turkey. Application refused, on basis of Art 13(b) defence. Full report: Bailii.

F (Children), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 1253 (07 December 2016)
Appeal against order setting aside orders for the return of three children to Hungary. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

T (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1210 (06 December 2016)
Contact application by father. Appeal by mother against discharge of an order for a fact-finding hearing in relation to allegations of abuse against the father. Full report: Bailii.

W (Adoption: Contact), Re [2016] EWHC 3118 (Fam) (02 December 2016)
Cross-applications by adopters for an adoption order and by the paternal grandparents for a special guardianship order. Full report: Bailii.

AB (A Child), Re [2016] EWHC 3115 (Fam) (23 August 2016)
Hearing in on-going proceedings regarding father's application for contact, including consideration of whether the mother should be ordered to return the child from Poland and whether an order for a fact-finding hearing should be discharged. Full report: Bailii.

Devon County Council v Kirk [2016] EWCA Civ 1221 (05 December 2016)
Appeal against the imposition of a six month prison sentence for contempt of court imposed by the Court of Protection. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

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