News Essentials: 30th April 2018

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

Revised protocol published for referrals of families to child contact centres by judges and magistrates
Protocol endorsed by the President of the Family Division. Full story: Family Law Week.

Guidance on the Capacity to Litigate in Proceedings Involving Children – April 2018
This guidance has been produced to assist judges in the Family Court to resolve mental capacity issues concerning parties to family law proceedings. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Guidance on Financial Needs on Divorce: Edition 2 – April 2018
The FJC has now published the second edition of this useful guide for the family judiciary, courts and legal advisers. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Divorce blame game leads to futile court battles, new study finds
Nuffield Foundation says outdated law needs a no-fault divorce option. Full story: The Guardian.

Queen approves appointment of President of the Family Division
HM The Queen has approved the appointment of The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane as the President of the Family Division. Full story: Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street.

President’s interim guidance: defective divorce petitions/decrees
On 23 April 2018 the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, issued interim guidance in respect of defective divorce petitions/decrees. Full story: Family Law Week.

M-A (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 896 (25 April 2018)
Appeal by mother against order that child should live with his father, who lives in Canada, and spend holidays with his mother, who lives in England. Full report: Bailii.

Akhmedova v Akhmedov [2018] EWFC 23 (Fam) (19 April 2018)
The wife was seeking to enforce financial provision orders totalling over £450million in a case where the husband had taken elaborate steps to conceal his wealth and evade enforcement of the judgment. Full report and press summary: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, via Family Law Hub.

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