News Essentials: 11th December 2017

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

Law Soc publishes behavioural research of consumers choosing divorce services
Price comparison particularly difficult in respect of family law disputes. Full story: Family Law Week.

Select Committee examines proposed HFEA order to remedy discrimination against single parents
Call for submissions on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial Order) 2018. Full story: Family Law Week.

Concern over adopter numbers as figures show ‘no continued decline’ in adoptions
Adoption decisions and placement orders have stabilised since landmark court judgements caused a slump, the Adoption Leadership Board has said. Full story: Community Care.

Financial Remedies Courts should lead to ‘greater predictability’
Legal experts believe new Financial Remedies Courts should provide claimants and respondents with greater predictability, when resolving financial claims on relationship breakdown. Full story: Family Law.

Justice minister pours cold water on growing calls to fund early legal advice
The government yesterday damped down hopes that it would consider funding greater access to early legal advice. Full story: Legal Futures.

MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence
New rules removing time limit and allowing admission of fresh categories of evidence will come into force in January. Full story: The Guardian.

S v S [2017] EWHC 3184 (Fam) (12 July 2017)
Judgment in proceedings arising from the mother's removal of the child from Iran. Full report: Bailii.

AB v CD (Jurisdiction Global Maintenance Orders) [2017] EWHC 3164 (Fam) (06 December 2017)
Appeal by husband against financial remedies order considering, inter alia, whether the court had jurisdiction to make a global maintenance order for the benefit of the wife and the children. Full report: Bailii.

HRS Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Prince of Bourbon-Parma v HRH Tessy Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma & Anor [2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam) (05 December 2017)
Application to vary reporting restriction order in ongoing financial remedy proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

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