News Essentials: 26th March 2018

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

Lord Justice McFarlane speaks out for change to adoption contact system
Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane has delivered a speech on present practices surrounding contact and adoption. Full story: Family Law.

Take the blame out of divorce to help those trapped in 'loveless' marriages, says top family judge
No-fault divorce should be introduced to help women who are "trapped in a loveless marriage", Britain's top family judge has suggested. Full story: The Telegraph.

Flawed legal aid system leaves ‘poorer and vulnerable clients denied assistance’
The Law Society has revealed that lower income families in England and Wales are being denied legal aid, meaning that they are excluded from funded aid to help fight eviction, severe housing disrepair and other legal issues. Full story: Family Law.

Alfie Evans parents refused permission for Supreme Court appeal
Couple hoped to overturn decision to switch off seriously ill toddler’s life support. Full story: The Guardian.

SR v HR [2018] EWHC 606 (Fam) (23 March 2018)
Appeal by husband against financial remedies order made in 2017, to replace orders made in 2012 and 2013, which were not implemented. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

A v R & Anor (Appeal of Summary Determination) [2018] EWHC 521 (Fam) (21 March 2018)
Appeal by father against child arrangements order. Appeal allowed in part. Full report: Bailii.

EA v NA [2018] EWHC 583 (Fam) (02 March 2018)
Claim by wife seeking a declaration that her husband had either died or, alternatively, had not been known to be alive for a period of at least seven years. Full report: Bailii.

Borg v El Zubaidy [2018] EWHC 432 (Fam) (26 February 2018)
Judgment on the mother's application to commit the father to prison for breach of an order requiring him to cause the return of three children to the jurisdiction. Full report: Bailii.

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