News Essentials: 26th November 2018

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

Families ‘subject to thin, red line decisions’ should be diverted from the courts
Principle of ‘No Order’ should be more readily applied in children cases. Full story: Family Law Week.

Senior family judge calls for attention on process before care applications issued
The process undertaken in the months, weeks and days before a care application is issued is “ripe for attention”, the President of the Family Division has said. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Government confirms it will introduce civil partnership legislation in next parliamentary session
Consultation will precede bill. Full story: Family Law Week.

CCMS crisis: domestic violence victims advised to represent themselves
A family solicitor is having to inform domestic violence victims that they must attend court on their own as a result of the latest glitches with the Legal Aid Agency's online legal aid system. Full article: Law Society Gazette.

Family lawyers told to draft court orders on the day
Family lawyers will be expected to come to court with their laptops and draft orders on the day as part of a policy drafted to reduce delays caused by growing workloads and dwindling staff resources. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

C v C [2018] EWHC 3186 (Fam) (22 November 2018)
W's financial remedy application, in which the single issue was the extent to which there should be a departure from equality on the basis of H's post-separation endeavours and his creation of what he asserted to be non-matrimonial property. Full report: Bailii.

Olu-Williams v Olu-Williams [2018] EWHC 2464 (Fam) (21 September 2018)
Application by wife for husband's committal for contempt in failing to comply with specific orders or undertakings in financial remedy proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

WG v HG [2018] EWFC 70 (30 July 2018)
Final hearing of wife's financial remedies claim. Wife awarded £4.05 million, on a clean break basis. Full report: Bailii.

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