News Essentials: 30th October 2017

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

Clampdown on child maintenance cheats
New powers to stop parents avoiding paying child maintenance that they owe have been announced. Full story: Department for Work and Pensions.

President invites FJC to consider covert recording of conversations for use in family proceedings
Detailed analysis of the rules of admissibility needed. Full story: Family Law Week.

HMCTS sets course for online financial remedy applications
CEO Susan Acland-Hood outline plans in her latest blog post. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Two useful briefing notes on 2012 child maintenance scheme published
The House of Commons Library has recently published two useful, and free, briefing notes explaining the calculation and rules relating to the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme. Full story: Family Law Week.

Consultation launched on revised ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’
Guidance changed to reflect Children and Social Work Act 2017. Full story: Family Law Week.

Police recorded domestic abuse continues to rise
4,246 offences of coercive control recorded in year ending March 2017. Full story: Family Law Week.

Alireza v Radwan & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ 1545 (12 October 2017)
Appeal by W against financial remedies order, considering whether the judge was right to regard her future inheritance from her father as a resource that she was likely to have in the foreseeable future; and whether she had been wrong in making an order granting W an occupational interest in the former matrimonial home rather than ordering H to pay a lump sum to W sufficient to enable her to buy a property of her own. Full report: Family Law Week.

Kent County Council v A,B,C and D (children) (Weight to be attached to evidence of child after flawed ABE interviews) [2017] EWFC B72 (01 March 2017)
Care proceedings concerning 4 children, in which the police had failed to observe ABE guidelines whilst interviewing one of the children. Full report: Bailii.

The Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames v SK (A Child) & Ors [2017] EWHC 2636 (Fam) (31 January 2017)
Application by local authority for, inter alia, a special guardianship order in respect of a child of unknown age and parentage. Full report: Bailii.

The London Borough of Brent v D & Ors (Compliance with Guidelines on Judges Meeting Children) [2017] EWHC 2452 (Fam) (05 July 2017)
Final hearing in care proceedings concerning 3 children, in which the issue of compliance with guidelines on judges meeting children was raised. Full report: Bailii.

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