News Essentials: 28th January 2019

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

Corners may have to be cut and time limits exceeded: Family President
It is neither necessary nor healthy, “in these highly pressured times”, for the courts and the professionals to attempt to undertake ‘business as usual’, the President of the Family Division has said. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Family judge praised for ditching legal jargon so child can understand judgment
A family court judge has won plaudits for writing an adoption judgment without legal jargon. Full story: Legal Cheek. See Re X, below.

Almost half of us mistakenly believe that common law marriage exists
Almost half of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as couples that are legally married. Full story: National Centre for Social Research.

Government publishes landmark domestic abuse bill
The government has unveiled the most comprehensive package ever to tackle domestic abuse. Full story: Home Office and Ministry of Justice.

Domestic abuse consultation response and draft bill
Government response to the domestic abuse consultation and draft Domestic Abuse Bill. Full story: Home Office and Ministry of Justice.

Lemmens v Barbara Brouwers (Ex Lemmens) [2018] EWCA Civ 2963 (27 November 2018)
Appeal by husband against costs order made at the conclusion of a hearing determining his application for a variation of periodical payments. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

X (A Child), Re [2018] EWFC B82 (19 December 2018)
Final hearing of uncontested care and placement proceedings in relation to a child aged under one, whose siblings had already been adopted. Full report: Bailii.

H, Re [2018] EWHC 3761 (Fam) (18 December 2018)
Judgment dismissing committal application due to fatal errors in the process. Full report: Bailii.

A Local Authority v BF [2018] EWCA Civ 2962 (21 December 2018)
Application for permission to appeal by a local authority against orders made under the inherent jurisdiction in relation to where a 97-year-old man should reside. Full report: Bailii.

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