News Essentials: 30th May 2017

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

Charlie Gard doctors can stop providing life support, court rules
Appeal court judges back earlier ruling in case of nine-month-old boy whose parents wanted to take him to US for treatment. Full story: The Guardian.

Teenager's parents made him think he was dying, says judge
In welfare case hearing at high court in London, sick boy’s parents are criticised for misreporting his medical symptoms. Full story: The Guardian. See Westminster City Council v H, below.

The impacts of abuse and neglect on children; and comparison of different placement options: Evidence review
The Department for Education has recently published an evidence review examining the effects of abuse and neglect on children, and whether different placement types affect their outcomes. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: March 2017
Statistics from the Child Support Agency on the 1993 and 2003 statutory child maintenance schemes. Full story: Department for Work and Pensions.

Canada signs up to child protection & child support conventions
Now signatories to 1996 Child Protection and 2007 Child Support Conventions. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Judge refuses to hear cases where alleged domestic abusers cross-examine complainants
Practice is ‘a stain on the reputation of our family justice system’, says Mr Justice Hayden. Full story: Solicitors Journal. See A (A Minor : Fact Finding; Unrepresented Party).

Marr v Collie [2017] UKPC 17 (25 May 2017)
Appeal concerning the beneficial ownership of certain property, following the breakdown of a personal relationship. Appeal allowed, in particular as no proper examination of the actual intentions of the parties had taken place. Full report: Bailii.

Westminster City Council v H [2017] EWHC 1221 (Fam) (19 May 2017)
Further hearing in care proceedings concerning 15 year old boy with a connective tissue disorder and orthostatic tachycardia, including consideration of behaviour of journalist who visited him in hospital. Full report: Bailii.

L v L (Child : Arrangements Following Treatment) [2017] EWHC 1212 (Fam) (19 May 2017)
Application by father for child arrangements order in respect of 14 year old child currently being held for treatment under s 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Full report: Bailii.

H v K (Return Order) [2017] EWHC 1141 (Fam) (11 May 2017)
Application by father for summary return of children to Hawaii. Return ordered. Full report: Bailii.

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