News Essentials: 26th February 2018

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

Mother faces £20,000 costs bill despite successfully challenging care order
Local authorities should not have to cover legal aid funding deficiencies, the Court of Appeal has said, despite upholding a mother's challenge against a placement order. Full story: Law Society Gazette. See M (A Child), below.

Domestic abuse: Guidelines recommend tougher sentences
People convicted of domestic abuse offences in England and Wales will be more likely to go to prison in future, under new sentencing guidelines. Full story: BBC News.

Parents lose legal fight to keep Liverpool toddler on life support
High court rules in favour of doctors who said continuing to treat Alfie Evans was ‘inhumane’. Full story: The Guardian. See report, below.

A v B [2018] EWHC 328 (Fam) (06 February 2018)
Appeal by mother against refusal of application for permission to take child out of the jurisdiction to live with her in Poland. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Kent County Council v A, M & Ors (Hair strand testing) [2017] EWFC B104 (01 December 2017)
Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings in relation to 8 year old boy who suffers from Down’s syndrome and epilepsy, including consideration of concerns about the impact of and interpretation of hair strand testing. Full report: Bailii.

L (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 238 (21 February 2018)
Applications by mother and grandparents for permission to appeal against care orders made in respect of two children. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii.

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Anor [2018] EWHC 308 (Fam) (20 February 2018)
Application by NHS Trust for a declaration that continued ventilatory support is not in child's best interests, and in the circumstances it is not lawful that such treatment continue. Full report: Bailii.

Buehrlen v Buehrlen [2017] EWHC 3643 (Fam) (24 November 2017)
Appeal by husband against dismissal/refusal of application to instruct an employment expert, to give evidence as to the wife's earning capacity. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

M (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 240 (20 February 2018)
Appeal by mother against dismissal of application to discharge care order. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

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