News Essentials: 13th February 2017

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

Munby to step down next year
The most senior family judge in England and Wales, renowned among practitioners for his outspoken views, is to step down next year. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Cafcass private law demand
In January 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,356 new private law cases. This is a 17% increase on January 2016 levels. Full story: Cafcass.

Care applications in January 2017
In January 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,119 care applications. This figure represents a 7% increase compared with those received in January 2016. Full story: Cafcass.

Cohabiting partner wins pension fight in Supreme Court
Nomination requirement added nothing to evidential hurdle concerning cohabiting relationship. Full story: Family Law Week.

Court orders man to increase payments to wife who lost bulk of divorce settlement with 'poor financial decisions'
A wife who lost the bulk of her divorce settlement by making "poor financial decisions" has been awarded larger monthly payments from her ex-husband despite calls from his lawyer for maintenance limits to reflect "social change". Full story: The Telegraph.

Health Secretary urged to end GPs’ charging for legal aid ‘domestic violence’ letters
Guardian reports call from 16 police and crime commissioners. Full story: Family Law Week.

X (A Child), Re [2017] EWHC 158 (Fam) (27 January 2017)
Application by father for a without notice location order and disclosure of information order, in case where the mother had removed the child from Scotland to England. Full report: Bailii.

EE & ME (Children) (Habitual Residence) [2016] EWHC 3363 (Fam) (20 December 2016)
Judgment considering issue of whether the court has jurisdiction to hear an application by a father in respect of two children who were removed to Latvia by the mother. Full report: Bailii.

Norman v Norman [2017] EWCA Civ 49 (08 February 2017)
Application by wife for extension of anonymity order in relation to financial remedy proceedings. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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