News Essentials: 25th November 2019

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

Financial Remedies Courts: Structure document and Good Practice Protocol published
An Overall Structure of the Financial Remedies Courts and the Role and Function of the Lead Judge has been published for the Financial Remedies Courts. Full story: Family Law Week.

Marriage between woman and trans man is void
Gender Recognition Certificate had not been obtained at date of ceremony. Full story: Family Law Week. See P (Transgender Applicant for Declaration of Valid Marriage), below.

Research on the effect of the PLO and Re B-S on care proceedings published
Child protection in Court: Outcomes for Children reports the findings of research by the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia on reforms to care proceedings in 2013-14, and their impact on children. Full story: Family Law Week.

Press attacks on family courts should be assessed - McFarlane
The president of the family division has called for independent research to be carried out on cases reported by the press to see if courts are making mistakes and failing to protect victims and children. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

B (Secure Accommodation Order) [2019] EWCA Civ 2025 (21 November 2019)
Appeal by local authority against an order refusing the authority's application for a secure accommodation order in respect of a 15-year-old girl. Full report: Bailii.

P (Transgender Applicant for Declaration of Valid Marriage) [2019] EWHC 3105 (Fam) (20 November 2019)
Application for declaration that marriage conducted in 2009 was valid, where applicant had undergone gender re-assignment surgery, but had not obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate. Full report: Bailii.

W (A Child), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 1966 (18 November 2019)
Appeal by great-aunt against care and placement orders made in relation to two year old boy. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

C (A Child) (Interim Separation), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 1998 (18 November 2019)
Appeal by mother against interim care order separating four month old child from mother. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

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