News Essentials: 19th November 2018

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

Increase in family law cases causing court backlogs: Lord Chief Justice
‘Still too few judges to absorb all of the increases in case volumes’. Full story: Family Law Week.

Courts to pilot more flexible hours for the benefit of the public
Early and late sittings will be piloted in civil and family courts, giving people greater access to hearings that can fit around their busy lives. Full story: HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

Sir James Munby appointed Chair of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Sir James Munby as Chair of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. Full story: Nuffield Foundation.

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2018
These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010. Statutory Instrument.

Committee stage of Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill scheduled for 23 November
The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill is scheduled to commence its Committee stage – ie line by line examination of the Bill – in the House of Lords on 23 November. Full story: Family Law Week.

IX v IY [2018] EWHC 3053 (Fam) (16 October 2018)
Final hearing of wife's financial remedies claim in case with estimated assets of £38 million, including consideration of principles of sharing, needs and compensation. Full report: Bailii.

LM v KD [2018] EWHC 3057 (Fam) (12 November 2018)
Appeals in TOLATA and CA Sch 1 proceedings, where the principal question arising was whether jurisdiction in respect of the matters in issue lay, as the wife claimed, with the courts of England and Wales or, as the husband maintained, with the courts of Italy. Full report: Bailii.

K (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2512 (08 August 2018)
Appeal against order refusing to direct local authority to return child to the care of the mother upon his anticipated release from hospital, where he was being treated for meningitis. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

D, E, F and G (Children : Art 15 - transfer of the proceedings) (Rev 2) [2017] EWHC 3078 (Fam) (19 September 2017)
Care proceedings concerning 4 children. Application for transfer of proceedings to Romania. Application refused. Full report: Bailii.

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