News Essentials: 23rd April 2018

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

Pensions Advisory Group publishes long-awaited reports
Two reports published for consultation covering the legal issues of pensions on divorce and the use of valuation and experts. Full story: Family Law Hub.

LASPO review unlikely to be released this year
The government’s long-awaited review into its controversial legal aid reforms is unlikely to be published this year, the Ministry of Justice has suggested - despite lord chancellor David Gauke stressing that he does not want the review to slip into 2019. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Controlling girlfriend 'first woman convicted' of new domestic abuse offence
A university graduate is believed to be the first woman convicted under new domestic abuse laws after scalding her boyfriend with boiling water, stabbing him and keeping food from him. Full story: The Telegraph.

Alfie Evans case: Court rules against parents again
Court of Appeal judges have rejected an bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to overturn a decision over who has control of his life support. Full story: BBC News. See reports, below.

KA v MA (Prenuptial Agreement: Needs) [2018] EWHC 499 (Fam) (13 March 2018)
Application by wife for financial remedies, and cross-application by husband seeking an order reflecting the terms of a prenuptial agreement. Full report: Bailii.

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Ors [2018] EWHC 818 (Fam) (11 April 2018)
Judgment endorsing care plan constructed by NHS Trust, setting out the provisions for the end of child's life. Full report: Bailii.

Proles v Kohli [2018] EWHC 767 (Ch) (17 April 2018)
Judgment in Inheritance act claim, dealing with preliminary issue of whether the deceased was domiciled in England at the date of his death. Full report: Bailii.

S v S [2018] EWHC 627 (Fam) (23 March 2018)
Appeal by husband against orders made in financial remedy proceedings, in which the judge had declined to re-open findings made against the husband, after the husband had produced new evidence. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Hermens v Hermens & Anor [2017] EWHC 3742 (Fam) (15 December 2017)
Application by the Queen's Proctor to dismiss a divorce petition and set aside a decree of divorce. Full report: Bailii.

Evans & Anor v Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 805 (16 April 2018)
Appeal by parents against order declaring that it would be lawful for artificial ventilation, which is currently being provided to child, to be withdrawn at the date and time specified in the order. Full report: Bailii.

M (Children), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 607 (28 March 2018)
Applications by mother for permission to appeal against a finding of fact in private law proceedings and, in care proceedings, against refusal to admit expert evidence and to re-open fact-finding hearing. Full report: Bailii.

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