News Essentials: 13th August 2018

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

New pilot scheme announced for easier court entrance for legal professionals
The Ministry of Justice has announced a new pilot scheme for practising legal professionals which will allow for them to get direct entrance to courts without the need to be searched. Full story: Family Law.

Child maintenance: new steps to improve compliance and to allow arrears to be written off
The House of Commons library has written a useful summary of recent changes to child maintenance enforcement. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Supervision orders unsuccessful in a quarter of cases, research finds
Review of 26-week care proceedings reforms underlines impact of Re B and Re B-S case law and raises questions around decision-making. Full story: Community Care.

Paediatricians as Expert Witnesses in the Family Courts in England and Wales: Standards, competencies and expectations
Produced by the Family Justice Council and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, this guide directs the reader to discipline specific information with regards to paediatricians as expert witnesses. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

F v M [2018] EWHC 2106 (Fam) (03 August 2018)
Appeal by father against refusal to register Russian order that child reside with him. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Kliers v Schmerler & Anor [2018] EWHC 1350 (Ch) (30 April 2018)
The applicant was claiming declarations as to the beneficial ownership of a property, the registered legal ownership of which was her brother. He had obtained a mortgage to buy the property on behalf of the applicant and her then husband as their credit rating was not sufficient. The declarations were granted. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

EF and GH (Children) [2018] EWHC 1960 (Fam) (23 May 2018)
Proceedings relating to two children whose mother requested the local authority to accommodate them, following a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Judgment dealing with issue of whether threshold criteria satisfied. Full report: Bailii.

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