News Essentials: 12th March 2018

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

Government takes action to tackle domestic abuse
The government has launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors. Full story: Home Office and Ministry of Justice.

Domestic abuse still under-reported in England, says Women's Aid
The charity says its figures underline the need for continued support of refuges. Full story: The Guardian.

Cobb J reviews law on interim orders for sale of parties' former matrimonial home
Wife’s appeal against interim order for sale allowed. Full story: Family Law Week.

Adopted children should remain close to birth families, study suggests
Adoption law should be overhauled to ensure children can retain close contact with their birth families, the British Association of Social Workers has said following the findings of an academic study. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

RS v LS & LMP [2018] EWHC 449 (Fam) (07 March 2018)
Application by wife to set aside judgment for costs obtained by her former solicitors, who acted for her in the context of financial remedy proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

X and Y (Children) [2018] EWHC 451 (Fam) (08 March 2018)
Care and placement proceedings concerning two teenage girls. Applications by local authority concerning what role, if any, the girls' father should play in the proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

DAM (Children), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 386 (08 March 2018)
Appeal by mother against care orders in relation to two of three children. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

AG and AB (Children) [2018] EWHC 381 (Fam) (28 February 2018)
Appeal against order that children habitually resident in Canada and that court had no jurisdiction to determine father's application for a child arrangements order. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Habberfield v Habberfield [2018] EWHC 317 (Ch) (23 February 2018)
Application by daughter claiming entitlement to the entirety of the family farm, owned by her deceased father, or such lesser sum as the court thought fit. The claim was brought against her mother in proprietary estoppel and alternatively under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Full report: Family Law Week.

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