News Essentials: 5th February 2018

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

Register Islamic marriages under UK law, sharia review says
Report endorses civil marriage alongside religious ceremony to give women legal protection. Full story: The Guardian.

Russian billionaire's ex-wife seeks record UK divorce payout
Farkhad Akhmedova yet to pay ‘a penny’ in appeal against settlement, high court hears. Full story: The Guardian.

Computer says nisi: digital divorce application on test
The government has announced it is piloting a fully online divorce application process across England and Wales which it hopes will make the process less stressful for families. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Judge 'at wits’ end' over secure unit shortages for young people
Boy suffering racial abuse cannot be moved nearer home because of lack of places. Full story: The Guardian. See K (A Child).

Isaiah Haastrup: Baby's life-support 'can be stopped'
Doctors can stop life-support treatment to a brain-damaged 11-month-old against parents' wishes, a High Court judge has said. Full story: BBC News. See report, below.

ELO v CLO (recognition of a Nigerian adoption order) [2017] EWHC 3574 (Fam) (08 December 2017)
Application by adoptive parents for recognition of Nigerian adoption order in relation to their five year old daughter. Full report: Bailii.

B v P (Children's Objections) [2017] EWHC 3577 (Fam) (21 December 2017)
Application by father for the summary return of two children to the jurisdiction of Hungary. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

A-F (Children) [2018] EWHC 138 (Fam) (31 January 2018)
Test cases relating to seven children, raising various substantive and procedural questions in relation to the interface between care proceedings and the requirements of Article 5 of the Convention. Full report: Bailii.

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust -v- Thomas and Haastrup [2018] EWHC 127 (Fam) (29 January 2018)
Application by NHS Trust for a declaration that the provision of life sustaining treatment is no longer in child’s best interests. Full report: Bailii.

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