News Essentials: 21st January 2019

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

Bill bans ‘abhorrent’ quizzing of domestic abuse victims in court
Landmark draft legislation also includes measures to raise awareness and support survivors. Full story: The Observer.

Monthly care applications reach three-year low
The number of monthly children's care applications made by councils to family courts has dipped below the 1,000 mark for the first time in more than three years. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

Woman ordered not to contact son is spared jail for attending parents' evening
London woman, who cannot be identified, tells family court there was exemption in order allowing her to attend. Full story: The Guardian.

Child maintenance: changes to powers of entry and information requests
This consultation seeks views on changes to the powers the Child Maintenance Scheme use to calculate child maintenance and enforce payments. Full story: Department for Work and Pensions.

M v Derbyshire County Council & Ors [2018] EWHC 3734 (Fam) (31 August 2018)
Application by mother for permission to reopen findings of fact made in the course of public law proceedings. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

S v D (Hague Convention: Domestic Abuse: Undertakings: Return to Third State) [2019] EWHC 56 (Fam) (15 January 2019)
Application by father for summary return of child to Hungary. Mother sought to establish that there was a grave risk that return of child to Germany (where they were last habitually resident) or Hungary (where the father now lives) would expose him to physical or psychological harm. Full report: Bailii.

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