News Essentials: 23rd January 2017

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

Proposed changes to Practice Direction 12J – Child Arrangement and Contact Orders: Domestic Violence and Harm
Women’s Aid welcomes recommendations of Cobb Review. Full story: Family Law Week.

Sir Oliver Heald QC outlines LASPO review timetable
Justice minister working ‘within straitjacket’ of UK’s finances. Full story: Solicitors Journal.

Practice Direction: Family Court – Duration of Ex Parte (Without Notice) Orders
This Guidance was originally issued on 13 October 2014. This revised Guidance, issued on 18 January 2017, supersedes the previous Guidance. Full story: Family Law Week.

Children unnecessarily removed from parents, report claims
Dossier indicates drive to increase adoptions is punitive for low-income families and alternatives exist. Full story: The Guardian.

MOJ publishes report on implementation of Law Commission proposals
The Ministry of Justice has published their 2015-2016 Report on the implementation of Law Commission proposals. Full story: Family Law.

A v B (jurisdiction : Brussels II) [2016] EWHC 2982 (Fam) (16 August 2016)
Application for a s.8 order by mother, in respect of a child living in Dubai. Judgment dealing with issue of jurisdiction. Full report: Bailii.

Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2017] EWHC 43 (Fam) (18 January 2017)
Application by mother for declaration that father's contempts in relation to his failure to return children from Nigeria were criminal, so that she could seek father's extradition. Full report: Bailii.

A & Ors (Children : Scottish adoptions) [2017] EWHC 35 (Fam) (17 January 2017)
Judgment dealing with procedural points in cases involving English adoption of Scottish children. Full report: Bailii.

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