News Essentials: 11th June 2022

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


Spike in ‘no-fault’ divorce applications
Newly published statistics for April 2021 to April 2022, show more than 12,000 new divorce applications were filed as ‘no-fault’ divorce came into effect. Full story: Law Society.

Solicitors probed over client loans to fund divorce cases
Vulnerable clients claim they were pressured by their solicitors into taking out high-interest loans to finance family litigation. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

New non-fatal strangulation offence comes into force
Abusers who strangle their partners in an attempt to control or induce fear will face up to 5 years behind bars when a new offence comes into force today (7 June 2022). Full story: Ministry of Justice.


Villiers v Villiers [2022] EWCA Civ 772 (10 June 2022)
Appeal by wife from dismissal of application under MCA s.27. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

C.-A.D. AND L.-C.D. v. RUSSIA - 29601/20 (Judgment : Article 8 - Right to respect for private and family life : Third Section Committee) [2022] ECHR 428 (07 June 2022)
Application by father concerning refusal of Russian courts to order return of child to France. Full report: Bailii.

WC v HC [2022] EWFC 40 (11 May 2022)
Costs judgment following final financial remedies order. Full report: Bailii.