News Essentials: 16th December 2019

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

Family Court Statistics Quarterly: July to September 2019
Quarterly data on the volume of cases dealt with by family courts over time, with statistics also broken down for the main types of case involved. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Guidance on removing newborns planned to tackle inconsistent practice and legal knowledge gaps
Experts to develop guidelines for social workers and health professionals after reviews find problems with shortened pre-birth assessments and failures to follow due process. Full story: Community Care.

McKenzie Friends giving “biased and misleading” online advice
McKenzie Friends are giving “biased and misleading” advice to vulnerable family litigants, an academic study of online posts has found. Full story: Legal Futures.

Y (A Child) [2019] EWCA Civ 2209 (12 December 2019)
Appeal against order that council should be the designated local authority in relation to care proceedings concerning an 18 month old child. Full report: Bailii.

Mander & Anor v Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead & Anor [2019] EWFC B64 (06 December 2019)
Claim by couple for damages for discrimination in the provision of adoption services, on the grounds of race. Full report: Bailii.

Derhalli v Derhalli [2019] EWHC 3286 (Ch) (18 November 2019)
Appeal by wife against order that she give up possession of matrimonial home and pay occupation rent, the issue being the interpretation of a consent order which required that the property be sold. Full report: Bailii.

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