News Essentials: 22nd May 2017

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

President calls for the de-linking of divorce and money claims
In his 17th View from the President's Chambers Sir James Munby has called for a "complete de?linking – separation – of divorce and 'money', so that they are started and pursued by completely separate processes, albeit, of course, that the timeline for ancillary relief is determined by the progress of the divorce". Full story: Family Law Week.

Countries with reciprocal enforcement of maintenance orders
The Official Solicitor's office has published an updated list of countries where parents can apply to enforce or change a child maintenance decision made in UK courts. Full story: Family Law Week.

Judge blasts 'astonishing' £2.7m legal fees in millionaire's divorce battle
A multi-millionaire businessman and his wife have been criticised by the judge overseeing their divorce battle for paying an “astonishing” £2.7million to lawyers. Full story: Evening Standard. See Christoforou v Christoforou, below.

16,900 children are benefiting from effective family-based child maintenance arrangements
The Department for Work and Pensions has published its latest report on children benefiting from effective family-based child maintenance arrangements after contacting the Child Maintenance Options service. Full story: Family Law.

Afghan boy found at Heathrow Airport 'should go to council care'
An Afghan boy found alone at Heathrow Airport must go into council care in England, the High Court has ruled. Full story: BBC News. See Hillingdon Council v SM & Ors.

Assoun v Assoun [2017] EWCA Civ 370 (18 May 2017)
Application by wife for payment-out of £30,000 that was ordered to be paid into court by way of security for the wife's costs of husband's failed appeal against Hadkinson Order. Application allowed. Full report: Bailii.

A, Re [2017] EWHC 1178 (Fam) (02 May 2017)
Adoption application by aunt, in respect of her 18 year old niece, who is a citizen of Pakistan. Full report: Bailii.

Christoforou v Christoforou [2016] EWHC 2988 (Fam) (22 November 2016)
Judgment determining wife's financial remedy application, in long marriage case involving assets worth in the region of £50/55 million. Full report: Bailii.

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