News Essentials: 16th July 2018

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

Courts Service to up the ante on digital divorce and probate
The next year of the court modernisation programme will see digital end-to-end services for divorce, probate, and money claims for under £10,000, according to HM Courts and Tribunals Service. Full story: Legal Futures.

Banker's wife whose husband took mistress to his office party wins right to divorce him in England
A multi-millionaire banker's wife who found out her husband had taken his mistress to his office party has won the right to divorce him in England. Full story: The Telegraph. See Thum v Thum, below.

Supreme Court judgment in Mills due this week
The Supreme Court will hand down judgment in the case of Mills v Mills next Wednesday, 18th July. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Supreme Court to rule this week on use of section 20 Children Act
The Supreme Court will next week hand down a key ruling on the lawfulness of a council's accommodation of children under section 20 of the Children Act 1989. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Government U-turn on child maintenance avoidance is “welcome but not enough”
The government’s new child maintenance strategy shows it is listening to the concerns raised by Gingerbread and single parents, but still leaves question marks as to whether the Child Maintenance Service is fit for purpose. Full story: Gingerbread.

Court of Protection application and appeal fees reduced
The Court of Protection, Civil Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Fees (Amendment) Order 2018. Full story: Family Law Week.

B (A Child), Re [2018] EWHC 1643 (Fam) (15 June 2018)
Application by father for the return to Spain of child abducted by mother in 2014, and his linked application to enforce custody orders made in his favour by the Spanish courts. Full report: Bailii.

Thum v Thum [2018] EWCA Civ 624 (12 July 2018)
Appeal by husband against decision that the English court, rather than the German court, was first seised of divorce proceedings. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

M (BIIa Article 19: Court First Seised) [2018] EWCA Civ 1637 (12 July 2018)
Appeal concerning issue of whether English or Polish courts should have jurisdiction to deal with children dispute. Full report: Bailii.

Chaston & Anor v Chaston [2018] EWHC 1672 (Ch) (5 July 2018)
Appeal against judgment in TOLATA proceedings. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Family Law Week.

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