News Essentials: 4th February 2019

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

Resolution and The Law Society issue joint note on No-Deal Brexit and family law
Family lawyer organisation Resolution and The Law Society have issued a joint note for family lawyers in England and Wales, with recommendations in the event of no-deal in relation to Brexit on areas of family law including divorce, maintenance and children proceedings. Full story: Family Law.

'Lackadaisical' approach to case attacked by family judge
A family judge has warned family lawyers not to take a 'lackadaisical' approach to case preparation after the wrong person was summoned as a witness to attend court in a case involving a seven-week old baby who suffered burns covering her groin area. Full story: Law Society Gazette. See Re K & C (Children: Finding of Fact), below.

“Senior judge’s salary enough”, divorcing husband told
A divorcing husband’s income was equivalent to that of senior judges and more than sufficient for his post-divorce needs, the High Court has ruled. Full story: Legal Futures. See Daga v Bangur, below.

Family courts next to test video hearings
A test in the family courts will be the next step in exploring fully video hearings, against a backdrop of widespread concern about the technology among judges, it has emerged. Full story: Legal Futures.

ALC publish study on Judicial Approaches in Settlement Conference Pilots in Children Cases
Findings do not support roll out of the procedure in its current form. Full story: Family Law Week.

A (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 74 (01 February 2019)
Appeal by mother from a fact finding judgment given in the course of private law proceedings concerning four children. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

G-P (A Child) [2019] EWCA Civ 56 (31 January 2019)
Care proceedings. Appeal by childminder against findings of fact in in relation to injuries suffered by child. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Daga v Bangur [2018] EWFC 91 (11 December 2018)
Application by husband for a lump sum payment, or other capital provision from the wife, focusing on two discretionary trust funds of which the wife was the settlor and is a beneficiary. Full report: Bailii.

K & C (Children: Finding of Fact), Re [2018] EWFC B85 (12 October 2018)
Care proceedings concerning twin. Fact-finding hearing to ascertain who caused the injuries to one of the children. Full report: Bailii.

BC v BG [2019] EWFC 7 (28 January 2019)
Application by W that the final arbitral award should not be made an order of the court. Application rejected. Full report: Bailii.

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