News Essentials: 5th March 2018

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

First surrogacy guidance published for England and Wales
Guidance on how to start a family using a surrogate has been published for England and Wales for the first time by the government. Full story: BBC News.

President issues fresh guidance on jurisdiction and allocation in the Family Court
The President seeks to clarify the position, which is the cause of "considerable confusion". Full story: Family Law Hub.

Latest ONS marriage figures underline need for legal reform
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published Marriages in England and Wales: 2015, reporting on the number of marriages that took place in England and Wales in 2015. Full story: Family Law.

Number of councils using Family Drug and Alcohol Courts to expand
The new authorities join 15 others that operate the specialist courts across the country. Full story: Community Care.

Solicitor loses appeal against order to give evidence on Russian client’s assets and not tip him off about it
A solicitor compelled to give evidence about a billionaire Russian client’s assets, and forbidden from revealing his court appearance to the client, has lost his appeal against those orders. Full story: Legal Futures. See Kerman v Akhmedova, below.

Rudd urged to prevent cross-examining by domestic abusers
Charity calls on home secretary to end practice in family courts as she unveils proposals for bill. Full story: The Guardian.

Divorce costs £3,800 a year in retirement income, says Prudential
Expected annual income for divorcees retiring in 2018 is £17,600. Full story: Family Law Week.

A v A [2018] EWHC 340 (Fam) (28 February 2018)
Appeal by husband against order varying terms of consent order made in 2011, on the basis of a change in circumstances. Appeal allowed in part. Full report: Bailii.

G (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 305 (28 February 2018)
Appeal against provision in child arrangements order in favour of artificial insemination donor where child's parents are civil partners, allowing contact with donor's parents. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

WS v HS (appeal - sale of matrimonial home) [2018] EWFC 11 (28 February 2018)
Application for permission to appeal against interim order for the immediate sale of a former matrimonial home. Permission granted, and appeal allowed, on the basis that there was no application before the DJ on which he could make such an order. Full report: Bailii.

Kerman v Akhmedova [2018] EWCA Civ 307 (27 February 2018)
Appeal by solicitor against order made on application of wife in financial remedy proceedings requiring him to attend court to give evidence. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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