News Essentials: 6th August 2018

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

Solicitors' phase of online divorce pilot given green light
The solicitors' application of the online divorce pilot has been approved to go live. Full story: Family Law.

English law applies to Islamic marriage, judge rules in divorce case
Husband tried to block divorce petition, arguing couple were married only under sharia law. Full story: The Guardian. See Akhter v Khan, below.

Sir Andrew McFarlane becomes President of the Family Division
Sir Andrew McFarlane has been appointed President of the Family Division, following the retirement of Sir James Munby. Full story: Family Law.

Financial consent orders can now be filed online
On Monday 6 August 2018 the family courts will take another step towards becoming digital. From that date applications for consent orders in family court financial proceedings can be filed online rather than delivery to a physical court office. Full story: Family Law.

Akhter v Khan (Rev 2) [2018] EWFC 54 (31 July 2018)
Judgment considering issue of whether an Islamic marriage ceremony creates an invalid or void marriage in English law. Full report: Bailii.

Ubbi & Anori (Minors) v Ubbi [2018] EWHC 1396 (Ch) (27 July 2018)
Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 case where the infant children of the deceased husband and his extra-marital partner claimed that his will (which pre-dated their births) did not make any provision for them after he left everything to his wife. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

X (A Child : FGMPO) [2018] EWCA Civ 1825 (31 July 2018)
Appeal by father against provision in FGM protection order forbidding removal of child from jurisdiction. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

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