News Essentials: 27th November 2017

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

Millions of couples at severe financial risk due to ‘common-law marriage' myth
Millions of unmarried couples living together are unaware that they are at severe financial risk as a result of the current legal system, national family justice organisation Resolution has warned. Full story: Resolution.

Ten years since the 2007 Child Support Convention
There are now 38 Contracting Parties. Full story: Family Law Week.

Domestic abuse: 10% of young women affected - ONS
More than 10% of women aged between 16 and 19 in England and Wales say they have experienced domestic abuse in the past year, research suggests. Full story: BBC News.

Budget gives divorced couples exemption on stamp duty surcharge
Divorcing couples who faced paying higher stamp duty rates will be given reprieve in a moved which reversed one of the unintended consequences of previous legislation. Full story: The Telegraph.

MoJ warns on reliability of old forensic tests in family cases and issues guidance for concerned clients
Warning concerns cases carried out by Trimega between 2010 and 2014. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Man who murdered adopted daughter was 'Jekyll and Hyde' character
Family court judge raises concerns about how injuries sustained by Elsie Scully-Hicks were dealt with. Full story: The Guardian. See report, below.

T (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1889 (23 November 2017)
Appeal concerning the extent to which a family court may exercise its jurisdiction to grant a non-molestation injunction under FLA 1996 to protect a child who is the subject of a care order. Full report: Bailii.

NA (A Child), Re [2017] EWHC 2902 (Fam) (03 October 2017)
Application by mother for permission to appeal against an order that child should continue to live with her father. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii.

DO & BO (Temprorary Relocation to China), Re [2017] EWHC 858 (Fam) (12 April 2017)
Application by mother for permission to take children to China for a holiday. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii.

B (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 1635 (23 August 2017)
Care proceedings. Appeal by local authority against the making of an interim child arrangement order for one child, placing her in the care of her paternal grandmother, under an interim supervision order. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff -v- Scully-Hicks & Ors [2016] EWFC B (16 December 2016)
Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings, relating to the death of the child's sibling. Full report: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

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