News Essentials: 7th May 2022

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


UK man brings high court case to have dead wife’s baby with surrogate
Ted Jennings says his wife, Fern-Marie Choya, would have wanted him to have their baby using embryo frozen during IVF. Full story: The Guardian.

Fact-finding hearings and domestic abuse in Private Law children proceedings – Guidance for Judges and Magistrates
Guidance for judges and magistrates concerning fact finding hearings and domestic abuse in Private Law children proceedings. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

The Child Support (Amendments Relating to Electronic Communications and Information) (England and Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2022
These Regulations amend existing regulations to permit and facilitate the option of electronic communications for the purposes of calculating, collecting and enforcing child support maintenance. Statutory Instrument.

Divorcees often don’t understand pension implications – survey
No-fault divorce in England and Wales may lead to increase in separations – and financial problems. Full story: The Guardian.


Tickle v Herefordshire County Council & Ors [2022] EWHC 1017 (Fam) (04 May 2022)
Application by journalist, relating to a care case in which she wishes to be allowed to see certain documents and to screen an interview with the mother. Full report: Bailii.

C (A Child) (Fact-Finding) [2022] EWCA Civ 584 (04 May 2022)
Appeal by father against some of the findings made in care proceedings involving his daughter, now aged 14. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

P.D. v. RUSSIA - 30560/19 (Judgment : No Article 8 - Right to respect for private and family life : Third Section) [2022] ECHR 337 (03 May 2022)
Art 8 • Family life • Positive obligations • Domestic courts’ refusal of applicant’s request for his daughter’s return to Switzerland under the Hague Convention • Genuine and objective evaluation of alleged risk of child’s return coupled with sufficiently reasoned decisions justifying application of “grave risk” exception. Full report: Bailii.