News Essentials: 13th November 2017

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

Cafcass private law demand
In October 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,916 new private law cases. This is a 16% increase compared with those received in October 2016 an is the highest monthly demand since October 2013. Full story: Cafcass.

Care applications in October 2017
In October 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,198 care applications. This figure represents a 4% increase compared with those received in October 2016 and is the highest monthly total for an October on record. Full story: Cafcass.

ONS statistics show cohabiting couple families are on the rise
The Office of National Statistics has released its Families and Households in the UK 2017 report. Full story: Family Law.

Parents’ alcohol abuse damaging the lives of 700,000 teenagers
The Children’s Society calls on government to address the £2bn funding gap for local children’s services. Full story: Family Law Week.

Grandmother Had To Fight Without A Lawyer To Stop Her Grandchild Being Put Up For Adoption
Gloucestershire County Council attempted to stop journalists naming the authority, but this was successfully challenged in court by BuzzFeed News and two other news outlets. Full story: Buzzfeed News. See Re ABC, below.

Munby sets aside divorce petitions because of fraud by disbarred barrister
The president of the Family Division has set aside 21 fraudulent divorce petitions produced by a disbarred barrister. Full story: Legal Futures. See Grasso v Naik, below.

Increase in number of children on protection plans
The number of children placed on protection plans is continuing to rise, government figures show. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

Shand, (A Child), Re London Borough of Barking & Dagenham v Richards [2017] EWHC 2863 (Fam) (08 November 2017)
Application by local authority for committal of child's grandmother for alleged breach of collection order. Application dismissed for procedural irregularities. Full report: Bailii.

T (A Child: Adoption or Special Guardianship), Re [2017] EWCA Civ 1797 (10 November 2017)
Appeal by guardian against making of placement order rather than special guardianship order. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Richardson-Ruhan v Ruhan [2017] EWHC 2739 (Fam) (09 November 2017)
Judgment in complex financial remedy proceedings, dealing with findings of fact, i.e. computation, rather than distribution. Full report: Bailii.

Hayes v Hayes [2017] EWHC 2806 (Ch) (18 October 2017)
Appeal by ex-wife against dismissal of application to set aside statutory demand in respect of various debts pursuant to a number of court orders in proceedings between her and her former husband. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Grasso v Naik (twenty-one irregular divorces) [2017] EWHC 2789 (Fam) (08 November 2017)
Applications by the Queen's Proctor to dismiss 21 divorce and also, in several of the cases, to set aside decrees obtained, in consequence of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Full report: Bailii.

ABC (A child), Re [2017] EWFC B75 (30 October 2017)
Special guardianship order made in favour of grandmother, who was dissatisfied with the way she had been treated by LA, and wished to make her story known. Judgment dealing with issue of whether LA should be named. Full report: Bailii.

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