News Essentials: 8th May 2018
A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:
MPs seek to guarantee grandparents' rights to see children
Cross-party support to enshrine children’s rights to a relationship with members of extended family. Full story: The Guardian.
Log in, break up – new ‘easy’ way to get a divorce online
Ministry of Justice website will allow couples to avoid stress of appearing in court, but worries persist over ‘trial by Skype’. Full story: The Observer.
Surrogacy laws set for reform as Law Commissions get Government backing
The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have started work on a review of the laws around surrogacy after Government funding was agreed. Full story: Law Commission.
6,500 jobs to be lost in modernisation of UK courts
Number of staff to be cut to around 10,000 by 2022 as part of £1bn overhaul of system. Full story: The Guardian.
Mother alleging abuse left alone in court after failing legal aid test
A family judge has publicly criticised the lack of funding for a woman alleging rape and sexual assault against her ex-husband, suggesting it may have resulted in a miscarriage of justice. Full story: Law Society Gazette. See JY v RY, below.
Y (A Child) (S.38(6) Assessment)  EWCA Civ 992 (26 March 2018)
Appeal by local authority against a direction that they finance the placement of a child, together with her mother and father, in a residential unit. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.
M (A Child)  EWCA Civ 2356 (13 December 2017)
Appeal by father against order giving permission to mother to relocate with child to her native Columbia. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.
S (A Child), Re (Article 16 and 18 BIIa and Article 19 EU Service Regulation  EWHC 3768 (Fam) (18 October 2017)
Application by father seeking return of child from Spain. Judgment dealing with jurisdiction issue. Full report: Bailii.
Juszkiewicz v Juszkiewicz  EWHC 997 (Fam) (20 April 2018)
Application by father for summary return of daughter to Poland. Return ordered. Full report: Bailii.
Wall v Munday  EWHC 879 (Ch) (27 April 2018)
Appeal against a finding that the divorced ex-partner of the deceased and the estate of the deceased himself were entitled to half each of the beneficial interest in a property. Appeal also against a costs order. First appeal dismissed and the costs order allowed. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.
JY v RY  EWFC B16 (27 April 2018)
Fact-finding hearing to consider allegations by mother in private law proceedings, in which neither parent was represented. Concerns expressed about unsatisfactory procedural history, preparation, process and outcome. Full report: Bailii.
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