Monday, June 24, 2019

News Essentials: 24th June 2019


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

NEWS
McFarlane tells family lawyers: don't do more than a full day's work
Tweets highlighting unreasonable judicial behaviour are likely to be referred to local leadership judges, the president of the family division has warned, after reading two social media posts last weekend about judges. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Family Justice Panel update
Panel members confirmed to steer call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill: What does research tell us?
The Nuffield Foundation has published a new briefing note, authored by Professor Liz Trinder, ahead of the second reading of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which is scheduled in the House of Commons on Tuesday 25 June. Full story: Nuffield Foundation.

Extension of the Financial Remedies Courts project to 8 new zones is a success
Today, Wednesday 19th June 2019, a press release was issued from the Judiciary of England and Wales, written by Mr Justice Mostyn acting as the National Lead Judge for the Financial Remedies Courts project. Full story: Class Legal.

President issues guidance on forms of order in children cases
The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has published guidance on Forms of Orders in Children Cases, for judicial and practitioner's information. Full story: Family Law Week.

Campaigners call for shared parenting presumption in the law
Campaigners for shared parental rights have called for a presumption in law that children will spend roughly equal time with their parents following a separation or divorce, after a YouGov survey suggested the majority of the public agrees. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

CASES
SD v AFH (Appeal: Coercive and controlling behaviour: Inference or speculation) [2019] EWHC 1513 (Fam) (13 June 2019)
Application by father for permission to appeal against findings of coercive and controlling behaviour in private law proceedings. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii.

T (A child), Re [2019] EWHC 1572 (Fam) (12 June 2019)
Care proceedings in which the issue arose as to the registration of the child's birth, the father being fundamentally opposed to registration. Full report: Bailii.

NY (A Child : 1980 Hague Abduction Convention : Inherent Jurisdiction) [2019] EWCA Civ 1065 (18 June 2019)
Mother's appeal from order requiring the summary return of child to Israel. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

M (Deprivation of Liberty in Scotland) [2019] EWHC 1510 (Fam) (17 June 2019)
Judgment concerning deprivation of liberty of 13 year old girl currently accommodated in a placement in Scotland. Full report: Bailii.

London Borough of Wandsworth v Lennard [2019] EWHC 1552 (Fam) (14 June 2019)
Application by local authority to commit defendant for alleged breach of order prohibiting him from harassing employees of the local authority. Full report: Bailii.

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