News Essentials: 2nd May 2017

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

Children and Social Work Act 2017
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 has received royal assent and introduces a number of significant changes. Full story: Family Law.

Administrative De-linking of Financial Remedy Applications from Divorce Proceedings
On 2 May 2017, a pilot will see the administrative de-linking of financial proceedings from divorce so that the main divorce proceedings can remain in the specialist centre and staff and judiciary at the local hearing centres can work independently on the contested financial proceedings. Full story: Family Law.

Munby lambasts council over "profoundly concerning" adoption case
The president of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has made scathing criticisms of Brighton & Hove City Council’s conduct in a complex adoption case. Full story: Local Government Lawyer. See Re W (A Child).

Baby removed from parents over 'abuse' is found to have rare bruising condition
A baby who was removed from her parents when they were accused of abusing her has a rare condition which causes "easy bruising". Full story: ITV News. See
Buckinghamshire County Council v Andrew & Ors, below.

Mrs Owens takes divorce refusal to Supreme Court
Petitioner’s silk hopes justices find workable solution that reflects modern thinking. Full story: Solicitors Journal.

W (A Child) (No 2), Re [2017] EWHC 917 (Fam) (17 April 2017)
Application by father for permission to appeal adoption order and for stay. Full report: Bailii.

An NHS Trust v SK (Best Interests Decision - Palliative Care) [2016] EWHC 2860 (Fam) (04 November 2016)
Judgment concerning the treatment of an 11-year-old boy suffering from end stage high grade recurrent osteosarcoma and metastatic lung disease. Full report: Bailii.

JZ v FZ [2017] EWHC 750 (Fam) (14 March 2017)
Application for permission to appeal by a father against a child arrangements order and a specific issue order relating to choice of schools, made in Children Act proceedings concerning his two children. Full report: Bailii.

Buckinghamshire County Council v Andrew & Ors [2017] EWFC B19 (26 April 2017)
Application by local authority for permission to withdraw application for a care order, following finding that child suffered from Ehlers Danloss Syndrome, which could have accounted for her injuries. Full report: Bailii.

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