News Essentials: 24th July 2017

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

International meeting addresses domestic / family violence and the 1980 Child Abduction Convention
New Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(1)(b) developed. Full story: Family Law Week.

Mr Justice Peter Jackson appointed to Court of Appeal
Seven new appointments to Court of Appeal. Full story: Family Law Week.

Lady Hale appointed next President of Supreme Court, alongside three new Justices
Baroness Hale of Richmond will succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury as President of the UK Supreme Court, it was announced today, alongside three additional appointments to the UK's top appeal court. Full story: The Supreme Court.

Judge allows council to submit evidence on family gained from private investigator
But Judge Moradifar ruled allegations the covert surveillance breached parents' human rights should be dealt with separately. Full story: Community Care.

Judge praises ‘significant changes’ made by parents during care proceedings
A local authority withdrew its recommendation that a child be removed into care after the parents made changes during proceedings. Full story: Community Care.

Marriage and divorce on the rise at 65 and over
Increases explained by longer life expectancy. Full story: Family Law Week.

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2017
These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010 from 7 August 2017. Statutory Instrument. For further details, see this article.

Consultation launched to facilitate de-linking of financial applications from divorce / dissolution proceedings
The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on proposed amendments to Part 9 of the Family Procedure Rules (FPR): Application for a financial remedy. Full story: Family Law Week.

Police and not council must pay for special advocates in family case, says judge
The police and not a local authority must pay for the provision of special advocates in a rare example of them being required for a Family Court case, Cobb J has ruled. Full story: Local Government Lawyer. See R (Closed Material Procedure : Special Advocates : Funding).

Casey v Cervi [2017] EWHC 1669 (Fam) (05 July 2017)
Appeal by mother against orders recognising and permitting enforcement of Irish custody order in favour of the father. Appeal allowed. Full report: Family Law Week.

A Local Authority v A & Ors [2016] EWHC 2635 (Fam) (19 September 2016)
Care proceedings in respect of a child living with a Nigerian couple who were not the biological parents. Full report: Bailii.

An NHS Hospital Trust v GM & Ors [2017] EWHC 1710 (Fam) (30 June 2017)
Judgment concerning the continued treatment of a child who had suffered severe brain damage. Full report: Bailii.

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