News Essentials: 15th May 2017

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

Woman married to millionaire for 23 months gets £4.25m payout after split
A woman who was married to a multi-millionaire more than 25 years her senior for 23 months has been given a £4.25 million payout by a family court judge. Full story: Aol.News. See FF v KF, below.

Estranged wife gets £453m in one of biggest UK divorce settlements
Judge awards almost half of £1bn marital assets to former wife of oil and gas trader non-resident in UK. Full story: The Guardian. See AAZ v BBZ, below.

7% decrease in new private law cases received by Cafcass in April compared with a year ago
3,219 cases received. Full story: Family Law Week.

Care applications to Cafcass in April fell by 16% compared with last year
Third fall in last six months. Full story: Family Law Week.

Judge criticises council for acting unfairly in offering child for adoption
Essex County Council acted unfairly in offering a child for adoption while acting in a way that prevented the mother from applying to revoke the placement order, a High Court judge has ruled. Full story: Local Government Lawyer. See EL, R (On the Application Of) v Essex County Council, below.

FF v KF [2017] EWHC 1093 (Fam) (12 May 2017)
Appeal by husband against lump sum award to wife, on the basis that the judge had gone beyond an assessment of the wife's needs. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

AAZ -v- BBZ and others [2016] EWHC 3234 (Fam) (15 December 2016)
Final hearing of wife's financial remedies application, in case involving total assets exceeding £1 billion. Full report: Bailii.

EL, R (On the Application Of) v Essex County Council [2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin) (08 May 2017)
Application by mother for judicial review of decision to place child for adoption, in such a way as to prevent the mother from applying to revoke the placement order. Full report: Bailii.

B v B (Maintenance Regulation -Stay) [2017] EWHC 1029 (Fam) (09 May 2017)
Final hearing of application by wife for enforcement of financial order, including dealing with issue of jurisdiction, the husband having issued an application in the Italian court to vary the maintenance provisions of the order. Full report: Bailii.

B (change of residence; parental alienation), Re [2017] EWFC B24 (22 March 2017)
Application by father for change of residence in respect of 9 year old child. Full report: Bailii.

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