News Essentials: 17th December 2018

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

Mediation starts fall to half pre-LASPO levels
Legal Aid statistics for July to September 2018 published. Full story: Family Law Week.

LASPO review publication delayed again to early 2019
The long-awaited review of legal aid reforms will not be published by the end of this year, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Family Court Statistics Quarterly: July to September 2018
Volume of cases dealt with by family courts over time, with statistics also broken down for the main types of case involved. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Six months too long to finalise a divorce, bar warns
Making separating couples wait six months before their divorce is finalised is an 'unacceptable delay' for those who do not have children, the bar's representative body has told the government. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

President issues update to FGM standard orders
Corrects an error relating to powers of arrest. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Local authority sorry after judge condemns IROs’ ‘utter failure’ to serve children’s best interests
Herefordshire council breached human rights in splitting twins and offered 'woeful' care to half siblings in separate case, judgments conclude. Full story: Community Care. See BT & GT, and A & B, below.

BB v CC (residence order) [2018] EWFC B78 (15 October 2018)
Proceedings concerning arrangements for a 3 year old child. Appeal by mother against order that required her to relocate with the child from one part of the country to the other. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

DA & JA (Children : non-Hague summary return) [2018] EWHC 3429 (Fam) (15 June 2018)
Application by father for children to be made wards and for the Court to order their summary return to Nigeria. Full report: Bailii.

F (A Child : Placement Order: Proportionality) [2018] EWCA Civ 2761 (11 December 2018)
Appeal by mother from care and placement orders made in proceedings concerning a child now aged 15 months. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

BT & GT (Children : twins - adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018)
Applications to adopt twins in two separate homes, following serial failings of the local authority. Full report: Bailii.

A & B (care orders and placement orders - failures) [2018] EWFC 72 (30 November 2018)
Judgment in care proceedings, in which the local authority conceded that the serial failures in the care provided, or not provided, to the children amounted to breaches of their respective Article 8 rights. Full report: Bailii.

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