Monday, February 13, 2017

News Essentials: 13th February 2017


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

NEWS
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.

CASES
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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