News Essentials: 26th August 2023

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


Family Justice Council consults on draft guidance on responding to allegations of alienating behaviour
The Family Justice Council is to consult on draft guidance drawn up by its working group on Responding to alienating behaviour. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Annual DoLS case numbers hit 300,000 following 11% hike
Practitioners complete record numbers of cases but backlog continues to grow, as does proportion of applications not completed within statutory timescales. Full story: Community Care.

Gingerbread joins legal action on CMS
Gingerbread has received permission to intervene in a judicial review to challenge the persistent failure of the Child Maintenance Service to take “proper or effective steps” to recover maintenance payments from absent parents. Full story: Gingerbread.

Mayor announces new additional £3 million fund for grassroots organisations tackling violence against women and girls in London
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a new £3 million funding boost to support projects delivering vital services for women and girls experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence. Full story:


B (A Child), Re (Consent; Acquiescence; Intolerability) [2023] EWHC 2162 (Fam) (25 August 2023)
Application by father for summary return of child to Netherlands. Mother's defences of consent, acquiescence and intolerability not made out, and return order made. Full report: Bailii.

De Renee v Galbraith-Marten [2023] EWFC 141 (22 August 2023)
Application by father for an order varying or setting aside in part the terms of a consent order made under Sch1 CA 1989 in relation to periodical payments provision for his daughter. Full report: Bailii.