News Essentials: 18th December 2017

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

Law Commission to consider the law of surrogacy
The UK law ‘is outdated and unclear and requires comprehensive reform’. Full story: Family Law Week.

MIAMs between July and September down 5% on a year ago
Mediation starts down 14%. Full story: Family Law Week.

Child maintenance consultation launched
Tough new powers to help tackle child maintenance arrears are being proposed in a consultation that launched today (14 December 2017). Full story: Department for Work and Pensions.

Care applications in November 2017
In November 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,228 care applications. This figure represents a 5% decrease compared with those received in November 2016 but is the second-highest monthly total for a November on record. Full story: Cafcass.

Cafcass private law demand
In November 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,811 new private law cases. This is a 9% increase compared with those received in November 2016 and is the highest demand for the month of November since 2012. Full story: Cafcass.

Family court statistics quarterly: July to September 2017
Statistics relating to family courts. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

B and C (Change of Names: Parental Responsibility: Evidence) [2017] EWHC 3250 (Fam) (12 December 2017)
Proceedings concerning 2 children, whose father is believed to be living in Iran.
Application by mother, who fears father may attempt to remove the children to Iran, for leave to change their names and restrict father's parental responsibility. Full report: Bailii.

HC v FW [2017] EWHC 3162 (Fam) (29 November 2017)
Financial remedies claim by wife, in which the issues included her capacity to litigate and the wealth of the couple was pre-acquired and/or inherited by the husband. Full report: Bailii.

W - C (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 250 (28 February 2017)
Appeal by guardian against order authorising local authority to place child for adoption, as against long-term fostering. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

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