News Essentials - Bumper Holiday Edition: 21st August 2021

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Okay, so not actually a bumper edition, but definitely a holiday edition, with the slight dearth of news stories this week in mid-August. Still, there are plenty of judgments, for your holiday reading pleasure.


Mother loses appeal over order that father should be informed of care proceedings
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against an order that a child’s biological father should be informed of care proceedings concerning his daughter against the mother’s wishes. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Nationwide hunt under way after mother goes into hiding with son after care proceedings begin
A nationwide hunt is under way for a mother who has gone into hiding with her 10-year-old son after care proceedings were launched. Full story: Care Appointments.

Landmark UK court ruling due in ‘bride price’ dispute
Woman has taken her ex-husband and his parents to court seeking full payment of her mahr. Full story: The Guardian.

Police awarded £11.3m for programmes to prevent domestic abuse crimes
Innovative programmes aim to reduce the risk posed by domestic abuse perpetrators and improve safety and protection for victims. Full story: Home Office.

Eleven Practice Directions updated
Practice Direction Update No 5 came into force from 15 July 2021 and amends eleven Practice Directions. Full story: Family Law Week.


W (Young Person: Unavailability of Suitable Placement) [2021] EWHC 2345 (Fam) (20 August 2021)
Application by LA for interim care order and deprivation of liberty authorisation in relation to 15 year old girl. Full report: Bailii.

Haskell v Haskell [2021] EWCA Civ 1295 (20 July 2021)

Appeal by H against order committing him to prison for 6 weeks unless he paid the sum of £50,000 which he had been ordered to pay to W, by way of maintenance. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

HMAttorney General v Hartley [2021] EWHC 1876 (Fam) (06 July 2021)

Judgment considering correct procedure for making an application for committal for interference with the due administration of justice after the substantive family case has concluded. Full report: Bailii.

AD v BD (financial remedies appeal) [2021] EWFC B48 (21 July 2021)
Appeal by H against financial remedies award. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Dhillon v Sampuran [2021] EWFC B70 (04 December 2020) & Dhillon v Sampuran [2021] EWFC B49 (16 April 2021)
Hearings re: W's application for judgment summons to enforce final financial consent order. Reports: Bailii1 & Bailii2.

A, B, C and D (care and placement orders) [2021] EWFC B47 (27 May 2021)
Final hearing of care and placement proceedings concerning four children. Full report: Bailii. Includes a short judgment, written in Comic Sans, presumably for the benefit of the parents, who both have learning disabilities.

Botwe v Brifa [2021] EWHC 2307 (Fam) (16 August 2021)
Application by W for declaration of marriage. Declaration made. Full report: Bailii.

JC v PC [2021] EWHC 2305 (Fam) (09 August 2021)

Application by F for summary return of children from Brazil. Judgment dealing with issue of jurisdiction. Full report: Bailii.

KMM v NAM (Jurisidiction) [2021] EWHC 2300 (Fam) (13 August 2021)
Judgment considering whether H is domiciled in England and Wales for the purposes of matrimonial and Children Act proceedings, or whether Dubai is the appropriate forum. Full report: Bailii.

WJV v SR [2021] EWHC 2303 (Fam) (04 July 2021)
Application by father for summary return of children to the Republic of Zambia. Return order declined. Full report: Bailii.

P v P (Divorce: Jurisdiction) [2021] EWHC 2306 (Fam) (16 August 2021)
Divorce and wardship proceedings in which the parties are both Bulgarian nationals. Judgment dealing with issues of jurisdiction. Full report: Bailii.

Z (No.2) (Schedule 1: Further Legal Costs Funding Order; Further Interim Financial Provision) [2021] EWFC 72 (16 August 2021)
Schedule 1 CA proceedings. Hearing concerning, inter alia, mother's applications for a further legal costs funding order and further interim financial provision. Full report: Bailii.