News Essentials: 19th September 2020


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

NEWS

New private law cases received by Cafcass in August marginally higher than 2019
Cafcass received a total of 3,748 new private law cases (involving 5,623 children) in August 2020 – 0.4 per cent (or 14 cases) higher than the same month last year. Full story: Family Law Week.

New public law cases received by Cafcass fell by 2 per cent in August
Cafcass received a total of 1,459 new public law applications (involving 2,384 children) in August – 40 applications (2.7 per cent) fewer than in the same month last year. full story: Family Law Week.

International child abduction unit: request for co-operation form updated
The Official Solicitor and Public Trustee has published an updated form for local authority staff to ask the authorities in another country for information or assistance in a child protection case. Full story: Family Law Week.

‘Thousands could be paying over the odds for legal advice’: Legal Services Board
Consumers urged to shop around nationally for the best deals on divorce and other legal services. Full story: Family Law Week.

Children accommodated in secure children's homes
The Department for Education has released statistics on children accommodated in secure children's homes as at 29 February 2020. Full story: Family Law Week.

Man jailed for fake DNA test to deny parentage of two sons
A man has been jailed for faking a DNA test so that he could deny being the father of his two sons to the Child Maintenance Service. Full story: Family Law Week.

Vulnerable children will 'slip out of view', commissioner warns
Vulnerable children who require urgent support will "slip out of view" because of the impact of coronavirus, England's children's commissioner has warned. Full story: BBC News.

Teenage girl accused of multiple attacks on her mother must go into council care, judge rules
A teenage girl arrested three times in three months over allegations she attacked her mother must go into council care, a family court judge has decided. Full story: Care Appointments.

'Divorce boom' forecast as lockdown sees advice queries rise
The coronavirus pandemic is creating an "enormous strain" on relationships, an advice charity has warned, with family lawyers predicting a "post-lockdown divorce boom". Full story: BBC News.

CASES

Rothschild v De Souza [2020] EWCA Civ 1215 (18 September 2020)
Appeal by husband from final financial remedy order, on the grounds that the judge failed to assess or take into account H's needs and only considered W's needs. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

C and D (Children) [2020] EWFC B42 (OJ) (11 August 2020)
Application for care and placement orders in relation to two children aged 2 and 1. The LA’s concerns were in respect of the parents’ alcohol and substance misuse, domestic violence between the parents , the father’s mental health and whether the parents were able to prioritise the needs of the children and meet their basic care needs and emotional needs. Applications dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

C (A Child: Parental Order & Child Arrangements Order) [2020] EWHC 2474 (Fam) (17 April 2020)
Proceedings concerning child born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement, including the parents' application for a parental order and the father's application for a child arrangements order. Full report: Bailii.

G (A Child : Child Abduction) [2020] EWCA Civ 1185 (15 September 2020)
Appeal by father against stay of application for summary return of child to South Africa, pending determination of asylum claims by the mother and child. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

C (A Child: Parental Order & Child Arrangements Order), Re [2020] EWHC 2141 (Fam) (03 August 2020)
Proceedings concerning child born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement, including the parties' joint application for a parental order and the father's application for a child arrangements order. Full report: Bailii.

A & B (Children: Fact Find), Re [2019] EWHC 3918 (Fam) (29 March 2019)
Care proceedings concerning two children. Fact-finding hearing to determine, inter alia, the degree to which the parents had or had not cooperated and engaged with the Local Authority on an honest and open basis. Full report: Bailii.

A, B & C (Children: Adoption), Re [2020] EWHC 2335 (Fam) (10 August 2020)
Fact-finding and welfare hearing in care and placement proceedings concerning 3 children. Full report: Bailii.

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