Monday, November 12, 2018

News Essentials: 12th November 2018


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

NEWS
President’s Guidance: Addition to Compendium of Standard Family Orders
With the agreement of the President I promulgate three new orders, and an addition to an existing order, to be added with immediate effect to the Compendium of Standard Orders. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Law Society publishes no-deal Brexit guidance on family law
The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors highlighting the changes in civil and commercial co-operation that will occur in the event the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement and transitional arrangements in place, and the steps solicitors should consider in order to prepare their practice for this scenario. Full story: Family Law.

Social services under fire after boy placed into foster care before grandparents knew he was born
Judge says grandparents could have been considered as carers if they were told of boy's existence. Full story: The Independent. See Z v Kent County Council, below.

Pension Advisory Group: Update
The Pension Advisory Group was convened in mid-2017 with the purpose of producing a good practice guide for lawyers and financial experts about the issues relating to pensions on divorce. Full story: Family Law.

CASES
S (Care proceedings: Article 15 second transfer) [2018] EWHC 3054 (Fam) (29 October 2018)
Care proceedings. Application by mother for transfer of proceedings to the Republic of Ireland. Application refused. Full report: Bailii.

NN v AS & Ors [2018] EWHC 2973 (Fam) (06 November 2018)
Claim by wife following Egyptian divorce, including determining interests of wider family members in various properties. Full report: Bailii.

HC (A Minor : Deprivation of Liberty) [2018] EWHC 2961 (Fam) (05 November 2018)
Application by LA for court to determine whether 13 year-old's placement constitutes a deprivation of his liberty and, if so, for authorisation. Full report: Bailii.

Z v Kent County Council (Revocation of placement order - Failure to assess Mother's capacity and Grandparents) [2018] EWFC B65 (18 October 2018)
Care proceedings. Placement order revoked and special guardianship orders made in favour of current carers. Full report: Bailii.

D (A child : parental alienation) [2018] EWFC B64 (19 October 2018)
Proceedings regarding arrangements for 13 year old child. Fact-finding hearing considering allegations that the father had abused the child, and that that the mother had systematically alienated the child from the father. Full report: Bailii.

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Monday, November 05, 2018

News Essentials: 5th November 2018


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

NEWS
Financial Remedies Pilot extended to eight more court centres
President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has announced that he has given the 'green light' for the pilot to start working in each of these eight courts. Full story: Family Law Week.

Ministry of Justice commits to care leaver covenant
The Secretary of State for Justice has pledged the Ministry of Justice to support the principles of the care leaver covenant, and to provide specified support to help care leavers in their transition from care to independence in order to improve their life chances. Full story: Family Law Week.

Number of children in need rises by 4 per cent since last year
Number of child protection plans rises by 5 per cent. Full story: Family Law Week.

New courts and tribunals media guidance released for staff
HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has released guidance for its staff to help encourage and facilitate media access to the UK’s family and other courts and tribunals. Full story: Family Law.

Home Affairs Committee urges Government to widen forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill
Report recommends end to single Universal Credit payments. Full story: Family Law Week.

CASES
Hart v Hart [2018] EWHC 2894 (Fam) (25 October 2018)
Judgment dealing with issue of whether there had been a contempt in relation to the implementation of a financial remedies order. Full report: Bailii.

CD (A Child : Re Hearing of Fact-Finding) [2018] EWHC 2670 (Fam) (28 September 2018)
Care proceedings. Re-hearing of fact-finding to determine cause of injuries to child. Full report: Bailii.

D, (A Child), Re [2018] EWHC 2828 (Fam) (05 October 2018)
Judgment concerning accommodation of child exhibiting extreme behaviour, possibly as a consequence of what she witnessed whilst living in Iraq. Full report: Bailii.

Lomax & Ors v Greenslade [2018] EWHC 2623 (Ch) (23 July 2018)
Appeal against award in Inheritance Act proceedings arising in circumstances where a father had not made provision for his 3 children in the will. At first instance the judge had made an award to the claimant children leaving the defendant with 69k out of 699k. Her appeal was rejected though the awards to the children reduced slightly as a result of fresh evidence about the value of the estate and other costs incurred. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

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