News Essentials: 21st October 2019

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

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Civil and Family) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
These Regulations are made in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies in retained EU law arising from the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. Statutory Instrument.

Queen’s Speech: Johnson puts law and order issues at forefront
Crime and justice policies [including divorce reform] were placed at the centre of the government’s agenda today as the Queen’s Speech set out its legislative priorities. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

‘One lawyer is enough’: family judge issues court guidance
Solicitors with cases being heard at Central Family Court have been told they do not always have to turn up with their barristers. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

C (A Child) (Schedule 2, Paragraph 19, Children Act 1989) [2019] EWCA Civ 1714 (17 October 2019)
Appeal by Local Authority against refusal to give the court's "approval" to the Local Authority arranging for child to live in Scotland in a residential home in which he had been placed. Full report: Bailii.

O (Committal: Legal Representation) [2019] EWCA Civ 1721 (17 October 2019)
Appeal against committal, following breach of order made in family proceedings. Appeal allowed, on basis that appellant wished to be represented, but was not. Full report: Bailii.

RH (Parental Alienation) [2019] EWHC 2723 (Fam) (03 October 2019)
Application by father to transfer care of 12 year old child to him. Application granted, following finding that mother had alienated child from his father. Full report: Bailii.

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