News Essentials: 26th June 2017

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

Mrs Justice Roberts gives comprehensive summary of the law regarding sham trusts
Trust disclosed in Form E found to be genuine. Full story: Family Law Week. See ND v SD, below.

Government announces draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill
Queen’s Speech includes draft legislation to transform approach to domestic violence. Full story: Family Law Week.

Divorces in 2015 fell by 9 per cent compared with previous year
Fall in divorces is consistent with decline in new marriages. Full story: Family Law Week.

The Transparency Pilot: A note from the Vice President of the Court of Protection
On 20 June 2017 Mr Justice Charles, Vice President of the Court of Protection, issued the following note. Full story: Family Law Week.

Life support must continue for baby at centre of legal battle
Terminally ill Charlie Gard to remain on life support for three weeks while European court of human rights considers case. Full story: The Guardian. See this Supreme Court judgment.

President of Family Division circular: Amendment to Practice Direction PD12D – Interviewing Wards of Court
On 4 May 2017 I handed down judgment  In the matter of a Ward of Court [2017] EWHC 1022 (Fam). Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

A Local Authority v HB (Alleged Risk of Radicalisation and Abduction) [2017] EWHC 1437 (Fam) (26 May 2017)
Applications by local authority under inherent jurisdiction and for care orders in respect of two children who were believed to be at risk of being radicalised. Full report: Bailii.

ND v SD & Ors [2017] EWHC 1507 (Fam) (21 June 2017)
Preliminary hearing in financial remedies proceedings, dealing with issue of whether a trust was genuine or, as the wife claimed, a sham. Full report: Bailii.

GP (Wrongful Removal) [2017] EWHC 1480 (Fam) (20 June 2017)
Application by father for return of child to Italy, in a case in which the mother had been sentenced to 1 year in prison for the removal of the child by the Italian court. Full report: Bailii.

R v B & Ors [2017] EWFC 33 (17 March 2017)
Hearing of husband's financial remedies application, including finding that the husband had engaged in conduct that it would be inequitable to disregard. Full report: Bailii.

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