News Essentials: 7th August 2017

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

Senior judge: Fathers with valuable homes should pay more child support
Estranged fathers with expensive homes should be forced to pay more towards the upbringing of their children, one of Britain's most senior family judges has said. Full story: The Telegraph. See Green v Adams, below.

Judge warns of 'blood on our hands' if suicidal girl is forced out of secure care
Sir James Munby, head of high court’s family division, says he is ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ that no hospital place has been found for 17-year-old. Full story: The Guardian. See X (A Child) (No 3), below.

Government updates child maintenance application fee guidance
The Department for Work and Pensions has updated its guidance which sets out how it will decide if a victim of domestic violence or abuse is exempt from the Child Maintenance Service application fee. Full story: Family Law.

Judge dismisses council’s bid to block parents’ adoption petition
Parents' right to campaign outweighs risk to children, court finds. Full story: Community Care. See Southend Borough Council v CO & Anor.

Digital divorce update
Legal stationers are stocking up on new family law forms which will need to be used by the end of the summer. Full story: Family Law.

Green v Adams [2017] EWFC 52 (03 August 2017)
Applications arising from order requiring the father to pay a lump sum to the mother, under Schedule 1 CA 1989. Full report: Bailii.

AM v DF [2017] EWHC 2034 (Fam) (01 August 2017)
Appeal by father against order allowing mother to take children to Iraq for four weeks. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

X (A Child) (No 3) [2017] EWHC 2036 (Fam) (03 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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