News Essentials: 4th March 2019


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

NEWS
Ministry of Justice grant to support victims of domestic abuse in family courts
Government has awarded £900,000 to organisations based in some family courts to provide in-court support to victims of domestic abuse. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Sick girl to be treated against parents' wishes, judge rules
Doctors should treat a sick 13-month-old girl and give her a "chance" at life against the wishes of her parents, a High Court judge has ruled. Full story: BBC News. See Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v M & Anor, below.

Judiciary pulls back on ban for fee-charging McKenzie Friends
While “deeply concerned” about the growth in fee-charging McKenzie Friends, the judiciary has failed to decide whether they should be banned – three years after consulting on doing just that. Full story: Legal Futures.

CASES
Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v M & Anor [2019] EWHC 468 (Fam) (27 February 2019)
Application by NHS Trust in relation to the treatment of a 13 month old child born with end stage renal failure. Full report: Bailii.

Southend-On-Sea Borough Council v Meyers [2019] EWHC 399 (Fam) (20 February 2019)
Application by local authority for declarations that they had discharged their obligations to a 98 year old man, in relation to his accommodation. Full report: Bailii.

P & N (Section 91(14): Application for Permission To Apply: Appeal) [2019] EWHC 421 (Fam) (27 February 2019)
Appeal by mother against order granting leave to father to apply for child arrangements order, following making of s.91(14) order. appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Saxton v Bruzas [2018] EWHC 3879 (Fam) (19 December 2018)
Application by wife to set aside consent order, alleging perjury and perverting the course of justice by husband and his legal team, following disclosure of documents by "whistle blower" on H's legal team. Full report: Bailii.

MF, Re [2018] EWHC 3841 (Fam) (17 December 2018)
An order which ordered the wife to pay £20,000 towards the husband's costs after the breakdown of the marriage was left undisturbed as the order was not outside the spectrum of reasonable decisions that might have been made. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

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