News Essentials: 31st July 2017
A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:
Mother wins court battle to change child's 'tainted' middle name
A mother who no longer liked her child's middle name has won the right to have it removed in a legal challenge costing thousands of pounds in legal aid. Full report: The Telegraph. See Re C, below.
Judge writes personal letter to teen after High Court battle
A judge has written a personal letter to a 14-year-old boy explaining why he has rejected his request to move with his father to Scandinavia. Full story: BBC News. See report, below.
Domestic violence a factor in majority of child contact applications, research finds
Nearly two-thirds of applications heard in the family courts for contact with a child feature some kind of domestic violence allegation, a study has found. Full story: Children & Young People Now.
Supreme Court allows wife’s appeal in Birch v Birch
Court may hear wife’s application to be released from undertaking to sell former matrimonial home. Full story: Family Law Week. See report, below.
High Court affirms declaration that Charlie Gard’s life support may be withdrawn
Parents withdraw objection to GOSH’s application. Full story: Family Law Week. See report, below.
Amin v Amin  EWCA Civ 1114 (25 July 2017)
Appeal by husband against order made pursuant to Part III MFPA 1984. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.
D (Appeal : Failure of Case Management)  EWHC 1907 (Fam) (24 July 2017)
Appeal by mother in proceedings relating to contact, against decision that allegedly abusive father could cross-examine the mother. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.
L (Children)  EWCA Civ 1137 (27 July 2017)
Appeal against care orders in relation to two children. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.
A (Letter to a Young Person), Re  EWFC 48 (26 July 2017)
Application by father to remove child to a Scandinavian country. Judgment in form of letter to the child. Full report: Bailii.
C (A Child : Removal of forename). ), Re  EWFC B44 (26 July 2017)
Appeal by father against order giving mother permission to remove child's middle name. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.
Birch v Birch  UKSC 53 (26 July 2017)
Appeal by wife against decision that the court had no jurisdiction to hear an application to be released from undertaking to sell former matrimonial home. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.
N-S (Children), Re  EWCA Civ 1121 (25 July 2017)
Appeal by father against care and placement orders in respect of four children, complaining of lack of adequate judicial reasoning for the orders. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.
Great Ormond Street Hospital -v- Yates and Gard  EWHC 1909 (Fam) (24 July 2017)
Application by NHS Trust for an order that it is lawful and in best interests of child with brain damage for artificial ventilation to be withdrawn. Further hearing to consider fresh evidence. Full report: Bailii.
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