News Essentials: 4th July 2020 (for what it's worth...)

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week, and after the feast of last week, this week it's the famine...


Domestic Abuse Bill 2020: letter from ministers on the first tranche of amendments
The Government has published a letter from ministers to Jess Phillips MP on the first tranche of the government amendments tabled for Commons report stage of the Domestic Abuse Bill. Full story: Family Law Week.

New video tech to increase remote hearings in family courts
Ministers have confirmed that a new video platform, which they say will enable more remote cases to be heard safely and securely, is being rolled out to the family and civil courts. Full story: Family Law Week.

Toolkit for the HCCH 1980 Child Abduction Convention in times of COVID-19
Following the publication of the HCCH COVID-19 Toolkit, the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Convention has prepared a Toolkit for the effective application of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention in times of COVID-19. Full story: Family Law Week.

Divorce ruling gives 'untrammelled licence' to go forum shopping
A Scottish aristocrat has lost a Supreme Court appeal regarding the finances of his divorce in a ruling that will reignite debate on forum shopping. Full story: Law Society Gazette. See report, below.


LP v AE [2020] EWHC 1668 (Fam) (29 June 2020)
Appeal against refusal of application of mother in child arrangement proceedings for Legal Services Payment Order. Appeal allowed. Full report: Family Law Week.

GC v A County Council & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 848 (03 July 2020)
Appeal by children's guardian in care proceedings against decision at a case management hearing to grant the local authority permission to withdraw the proceedings. Appeal allowed, and directions given to enable fact-finding hearing to go ahead as originally planned. Full report: Bailii.

T (A Child: Refusal of Adoption Order), Re [2020] EWCA Civ 797 (02 July 2020)
Appeal by maternal grandmother and her husband against refusal of adoption order. Appeal allowed and adoption order made. Full report: Bailii.

Villiers v Villiers [2020] UKSC 30 (1 July 2020)
Appeal by H against order that English court had jurisdiction to make a maintenance order, despite divorce taking place in Scotland. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Supreme Court. For summary, see here.