News Essentials: 14th August 2017

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

Supreme Court to consider applications to vary periodical payments orders under MCA s31(7)
Permission given to husband to appeal by Mills v Mills. Full story: Family Law Week.

Cafcass private law demand
In July 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,709 new private law cases. This is a 10% increase compared with those received in July 2016. Full story: Cafcass.

Care applications in July 2017
In July 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,238 care applications. This figure represents a 5% decrease compared with those received in July 2016. Full story: Cafcass.

Supreme Court to hear argument that 'unreasonable behaviour' in divorce is a 'linguistic trap'
Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in Owens case. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Judge approves suicidal girl care plan
A judge who said society should be "ashamed" for not protecting a suicidal girl has approved a care plan for her. Full story: BBC News. See X (A Child) (No 4), below.

Family Procedure Rules amended as of today
New divorce form D8 may be used from today. Full story: Family Law Week.

Joy-Morancho v Joy (Dismissal of Variation Application) [2017] EWHC 2086 (Fam) (11 August 2017)
Judgment dismissing husband's application for downward variation of spousal maintenance order. Full report: Bailii.

S v S [2017] EWHC 1298 (Fam) (28 May 2017)
Interim judgment in application by father for return of child to Iran, dealing with issue of expert evidence as to Iranian law and practice. Full report: Bailii.

K and P (Children : Discharge of care order) [2017] EWFC B51 (23 March 2017)
Application by local authority for discharge of care order in respect of two children. Full report: Bailii.

J (A Child : Care Proceedings : Apportionment of Experts' fees) [2017] EWFC B49 (3 August 2017)
Care proceedings involving possible non-accidental injuries to child. Judgment concerning how medical experts' fees should be apportioned between the parties. Full report: Bailii.

X (A Child) (No 4) [2017] EWHC 2084 (Fam) (07 August 2017)
Further judgment in care proceedings concerning a 17 year old girl who has made determined attempts to commit suicide on a large number of occasions. Full report: Bailii.

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