Monday, May 14, 2018

News Essentials: 14th May 2018


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

NEWS
Wife fails in attempt to increase award of £51.4 million plus share of business assets
CoA gives weight to pre-marital agreement. Full story: Family Law Week. See Versteegh v Versteegh, below.

Court of Appeal upholds decision to imprison husband in serious contempt of court
‘Disregard of the orders was motivated by resentment’. Full story: Family Law Week. See Hart v Hart, below.

Owens v Owens Supreme Court hearing begins 17 May
Hearing scheduled to last one day. Full story: Family Law Week.

Reform for the Family jurisdiction
A message to family judges from the President of the Family Division. Full story: Family Law.

Revised forms A & A1 in use from 4 June
Changes made to allow for fast track procedure. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Family Division judge refuses council permission to withdraw care proceedings
A Family Division judge has refused an application by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to have care proceedings for child C either dismissed or withdrawn. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

CASES
Hart v Hart [2018] EWCA Civ 1053 (11 May 2018)
Appeal by husband from committal order made for contempt in relation to implementation of financial remedies order. Full report: Bailii.

Dobson v Griffey [2018] EWHC 1117 (Ch) (10 May 2018)
Claim by former cohabitee for share of property, based on doctrines of constructive trust and/or proprietary estoppel. Claim dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

A, Re (Wardship: 17 year old: s.20 accommodation) [2018] EWHC 1121 (Fam) (07 March 2018)
Applications for a care order and secure accommodation order in respect of a 17 year old said to be beyond parental control, and to engage the inherent jurisdiction in order to seek a deprivation of liberty order. Full report: Bailii.

A v B [2018] EWFC 4 (26 January 2018)
Application by a former wife to strike out a claim for financial remedies made by her former husband, from whom she was divorced twenty-five years previously. Full report: Bailii.

Versteegh v Versteegh [2018] EWCA Civ 1050 (10 May 2018)
Appeal by wife against financial remedies orders, alleging "profound deficiencies and errors which permeate the evaluations and exercise of discretion in the judgments". Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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