News Essentials: 17th September 2018

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

Justice Secretary confirms plans to reduce conflict in divorce
Couples wishing to divorce will soon benefit from a less confrontational process, under proposals confirmed by the Justice Secretary David Gauke. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Care applications fall 5.7 per cent over two years
The number of applications for children to be taken into care is continuing to fall, official statistics show. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

Council apologises to mother over unlawful restrictions on contact with children
Cumbria County Council has apologised to a mother who had unlawful restrictions placed on her level of contact with her three children, it has been reported. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Bhusate v Patel & Ors [2018] EWHC 2362 (Ch) (13 September 2018)
The claimant was the third wife of the deceased (who died in 1990) and was making three primary claims: (1) that she was now the sole beneficial owner of the property; (2) in the alternative, that she and the defendants (the deceased's children from his first marriage) became equitable co-owners of the property; (3) in the further alternative, she said that she was entitled, as against the deceased's estate, to her statutory legacy and a capitalised life interest, plus interest at 6% per annum since the date of his death. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

Z (A Child - Care Proceedings - Separate Representation) [2018] EWFC B57 (29 June 2018)
Care proceedings concerning 14 year old child. Judgment dealing with issue of whether child should instruct his own solicitor, he disagreeing with guardian as to appropriate outcome. Full report: Bailii.

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