News Essentials: 2nd January 2018

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

Judge hits out at gay couple whose marriage ran into difficulties after having surrogate daughter
Two married men whose union ran into difficulties after they arranged to have a child by surrogate "abdicated their responsibilities" to the little girl, a High Court judge told them. Full story: The Telegraph. See Y v Z & Ors, below.

Court of Protection: New Practice Directions
The Practice Directions hitherto supplementing the Court of Protection Rules 2007 have been revoked. Full story: Family Law Week.

Judges to revisit case of transgender Jewish woman refused right to see her children
High court judge ‘gave up too easily’ in ruling that woman who left ultra-Orthodox Haredi community in Manchester should not see her five children, appeal court says. Full story: The Guardian. See Re M, below.

Children's experts urge Government to protect children throughout Brexit
Children’s experts from across the UK, including the Children Society and Barnado’s, have come together to form the ‘Brexit and Children’ coalition and have published a report which explores the specific implications of Brexit on children and young people. Full story: Family Law.

Y v Z & Ors [2017] EWFC 60 (04 August 2017)
Application for parental order following international surrogacy arrangement. Full report: Bailii.

Re W (A Child) [2017] EWCA 2152 (Civ) (12 December 2017)
Appeal by mother against order for return of child to the USA. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

L v F [2017] EWCA Civ 2121 (20 December 2017)
Appeal by father against decision allowing an appeal by mother against refusal of her application to relocate with child to Italy. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

F v L [2017] EWHC 1377 (Fam) (09 June 2017)
Appeal from a decision refusing an application by mother to relocate to Italy with her son aged five, and a child arrangements order. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

L-S (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 2177 (20 December 2017)
Appeal by mother against order requiring the return of the child to the United States. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Lewis v Warner [2017] EWCA Civ 2182 (19 December 2017)
Appeal by the daughter against an order that the property of her deceased mother's estate be transferred to the surviving unmarried partner for full value (or possibly more than full value), such transfer being regarded as “reasonable financial provision” for the partner’s “maintenance” within the meaning of those terms in subsections 1(1) and 1(2)(b) and sections 2 and 3 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. The appeal was dismissed. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

L (Children), Re [2017] EWCA Civ 2173 (20 December 2017)
Application by mother for permission to appeal order refusing her permission to oppose adoption applications in respect of the children. Application refused. Full report: Bailii.

M (Children), Re [2017] EWCA Civ 2164 (20 December 2017)
Appeal by transgender father of children belonging to Charedi Jewish community against order dismissing his application for direct contact with the children. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

F v H & Anor [2017] EWHC 3358 (Fam) (19 December 2017)
Appeal by father against contact order in favour of mother after a break of almost 2 years, following the child's abduction to Israel by the mother. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Whittingham v Whittingham [2017] EWHC 3318 (Fam) (06 November 2017)
Application by husband for permission to appeal against an interim order refusing to discharge a receiver appointed in enforcement proceedings. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii.

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