News Essentials: 4th December 2017

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

President's circular: Financial Remedies Courts
Circular released by the President on 1 December 2017 in which he proposes to pilot the FRC in three places starting in February 2018. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Children removed from family home over parents’ 'open' relationship
West Midlands social workers told court the parents each saw other people and found it hard to supervise their children. Full story: The Guardian. See Re PQR, below.

Practice Guidance: Standard Financial and Enforcement Orders
President ‘strongly encourages’ use of standard forms. Full story: Family Law Week.

30% of private law cases have been to court before: Cafcass research
Research investigates reasons for cases returning. Full story: Family Law Week.

Age limit of children attending FHDRAs at CFC
HHJ Tolson QC has agreed for this Note to be shared with practitioners. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Judge highlights 'wholly inadequate' care provision for troubled teen
Another High Court judge has used a ruling to highlight inadequacies in state provision for a troubled and dangerous teenager. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

D (A Child), Re [2017] EWHC 3075 (Fam) (29 November 2017)
Re-hearing of fact-finding in relation to the cause of injuries to a child then aged four months. Held that the injuries were non-accidental in origin and are likely to have been inflicted by the father in a momentary loss of self-control. Full report: Bailii.

PQR (Children), Re [2017] EWFC B86 (13 October 2017)
Care and placement proceedings in respect of three children. Full report: Bailii.

PW & Ors v Luton Borough Council [2017] EWHC 3028 (Fam) (06 September 2017)
Judgment concerning issue of whether costs were increased by the Legal Aid Agency failing to state whether the statutory charge relating to the costs of care proceedings will apply to the recovery of damages in claim arising from those proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

M (A Child : secure accommodation order) [2017] EWHC 3021 (Fam) (23 November 2017)
Application by local authority for a secure accommodation order in respect of a 15 year old child. Full report: Bailii.

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