News Essentials: 5th November 2018

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

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.

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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