News Essentials: 25th June 2022

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


Surrogate girl, 6, loses battle to list her father on UK birth certificate
Child’s case argued that practice of naming surrogate mother’s husband breached her human rights. Full story: The Guardian.

Children in care moving between placements ‘a thousand times every week’ in England
Children in care are moving between placements a thousand times every week in England, according to fresh analysis of Government figures. Full story: Care Appointments.

Widower wins right to have baby using embryo created with his late wife
Landmark ruling allows Ted Jennings, 38, to use embryo to have child via a surrogate. Full story: The Guardian.

National DoLs court launched to handle children’s deprivation of liberty cases
Court will handle all applications to deprive children of liberty, which have risen by 462% over past three years. Full story: Community Care.

Children’s commissioner publishes report into number of children not in education
On 15 June 2022 the Children's Commissioner published a report titled 'Voices of England's Missing Children report'. Full story: Family Law Week.

Cafcass launches new telephone line for children involved in court proceedings
Cafcass has announced the launch of a new dedicated telephone line for children and young people who are going through or who have been through family court proceedings. Full story: Family Law Week.

Inquiry urged into ‘parental alienation’ court experts
Lawyers and MPs in England and Wales express concern over ‘unregulated’ psychologists who play key role in disputes over domestic abuse. Full story: The Guardian.


TR v JM (Children: International Relocation) [2022] EWFC 60 (24 June 2022)
Application by a mother for permission to relocate with her two daughters currently aged 6 and 4 from London to Boston, Massachusetts in the United States of America. Application granted. Full report: National Archives.

Peterborough City Council v K, L, M, N and P & Ors [2022] EWFC 61 (23 June 2022)
Appeal against a third party costs order made against Local Authority in ongoing private law proceedings. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Jennings -v- HFEA [2022] EWHC 1619 (Fam) (22 June 2022)
Application by husband seeking declaration that it is lawful for him to use an embryo created using his sperm and the eggs of his late wife, in treatment with a surrogate. Full report: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

VSN v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and JN (CSM) (Child support - jurisdiction, Child support - maintenance) [2022] UKUT 138 (AAC) (17 May 2022)
Child support maintenance-Maintenance assessments/calculations-Circumstances in which an order of the Family Court mirroring an earlier order of a foreign court will remove or delay the right of an non-resident parent to apply for a maintenance calculation. Full report: Bailii.

BABAYAN v. ARMENIA - 70491/13 (Judgment : Article 8 - Right to respect for private and family life : Fourth Section Committee) [2022] ECHR 497 (21 June 2022)
Application by father alleging failure of authorities to ensure his contact rights with his daughter. Full report: Bailii.