News Essentials: 9th May 2020

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


Cases reported to Forced Marriage Unit rose by 13 per cent in 2018
In 2018, the Forced Marriage Unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1,507 cases. full story: Family Law Week.

President of the Family Division welcomes Nuffield report into effectiveness of remote hearings during COVID-19
The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has welcomed research published by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory in the effectiveness of remote hearings used in the family justice system since the COVID-19 crisis began. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Lawyers urged to offer free 20-minute domestic abuse support
A support service for families going through the family court system is urgently appealing for lawyers to help victims of domestic abuse after receiving a growing number of calls during the Covid-19 lockdown. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Court hearings running at half pre-virus level
The courts and tribunals in England and Wales are now conducting almost half as many civil and criminal hearings as they did before the coronavirus crisis, a justice minister said yesterday. Full story: Legal Futures.

High Court judge sends copy of ruling to ministers to express concern over “nationwide problem” of lack of capacity for secure care
A High Court judge has sent ministers a copy of a ruling in which he expressed concern at a “nationwide problem” of the very limited capacity in the children's social care system for young people with complex needs who need secure care. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Coronavirus: Government pledges £76m for abuse victims
The government has pledged to spend £76m to support vulnerable people who are "trapped in a nightmare" at home during the coronavirus lockdown. Full story: BBC News.


A City Council v M & Ors [2020] EWHC 947 (Fam) (07 May 2020)
Fact-finding in care proceedings concerning a two year old child. Full report: Bailii.

H (Deceased), Re [2020] EWHC 1134 (Fam) (07 May 2020)
Hearing of daughter's Inheritance Act claim against the estate of her late father. Full report: Bailii.

S (A Child), Re [2020] EWFC B17 (07 May 2020)
Final, remote, hearing of care proceedings concerning a 7-year-old girl. Full report: Bailii.

Q, Re [2020] EWHC 1109 (Fam) (06 May 2020)
Private law proceedings concerning 6 year old girl. Appeal by father against decision to vacate remote final hearing. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

R v Secretary of State for the Home Department (No. 2) [2020] EWHC 1036 (Fam) (04 May 2020)
Further judgment in dispute between parties regarding the disclosure and inspection of documentation from the successful asylum claim of the mother, into private law family proceedings between her and the father. Full report: Bailii.

A Local Authority v Mother [2020] EWHC 1086 (Fam) (05 May 2020)
Care proceedings in respect of a four year old child, whose two month old sister died at home of unknown causes. Judgment concerning whether to proceed with lay evidence remotely or whether to adjourn the case having heard the medical evidence. Full report: Bailii.

Crowther v Crowther & Ors [2020] EWHC 1037 (Fam) (10 March 2020)
Judgment in financial remedy proceedings regarding the ownership of certain ships, and freezing orders relating to them. Full report: Bailii.