FGM Bill receives second reading

Bill would enable interim care orders in FGM cases.

Full story: Family Law Week

New pilot PD 36H for FGM and Forced Marriage Protection Orders

The Ministry of Justice are launching a new pilot Practice Direction 36H on Moday 23 July, applying to FGM and Forced Marriage protection orders (and variation, extension and discharge thereof).

Full story: Family Law

There's still no end in sight, says 'winning' husband in Mills v Mills

The ‘meal ticket’ phrase has long been loathed by family law specialists who see it as lazy journalism to describe a complex and nuanced area of their practice. But there was little comfort from this week’s Supreme Court ruling in Mills v Mills, trailed as the case that might do away with periodical payments for good.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Woman awarded £100k after husband's death mid-divorce

A woman whose husband was killed in the midst of the pair's divorce has been awarded more than £100,000 in damages.

Full story: BBC News

MPs cast severe doubt on court modernisation

MPs on the public accounts committee (PAC) said today that they have “little confidence” that the court modernisation programme can be delivered.

Full story: Legal Futures

Bar Council launches ‘LASPO: 5 years on’ survey

Participation of the Family Bar sought.

Full story: Family Law Week

Private Members Bill seeks to force review of divorce law

Baroness Butler-Sloss, former President of the Family Division, is sponsoring the Bill.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Supreme Court decision in Owens v Owens to be handed down next week

Judgment in wife's high profile appeal against refusal to grant a divorce on behaviour grounds will be handed down Wednesday 25th July.

Full story: Family Law Hub
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KW v RM [2017] EWHC 3814 (Fam) (25 October 2017)

Application by father for summary return of child to the USA. Return ordered.

Full report: Bailii

Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2018] EWCA Civ 1714 (18 July 2018)

Appeal by father against committal for breach of orders relating to the return of children from Nigeria. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

ABCDE, Re [2018] EWHC 1841 (Fam) (16 July 2018)

Application by a local authority for permission to withdraw care proceedings in respect of five children, including consideration of costs order against local authority.

Full report: Bailii

D (A Child) (Temporary Relocation) [2018] EWHC 1571 (Fam) (23 May 2018)

Appeal against order allowing mother to remove child temporarily to Japan. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

M v M [2017] EWCA Civ 129 (01 February 2017)

Appeal by wife against refusal to upwardly vary spousal maintenance order. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii
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Supreme Court outlines nine key principles of section 20 practice

A recent court case outlined how social workers should approach section 20 arrangements.

Full article: Community Care

Applying to commit for breach of a child arrangements order

Sarah Keily discusses the decision in CH v CT, which illustrates the need to strictly comply with the relevant procedural requirements when seeking a committal order following a breach of a child arrangements order.

Full article: Family Law

Surrogacy and HFEA Update: July 2018

Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent important judgments concerning surrogacy and highlights the focus of the Law Commission’s review of the law of surrogacy.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Mills V Mills

The Supreme Court has now given judgment on the case of Mills v Mills 18 July 2018.

Full post: leishaonlaw

Hit on the head by an old chestnut

The hoary chestnut, the ‘meal ticket for life’, has fallen from the media and hit us squarely on the head again. This time, the impetus is a Supreme Court case called Mills v Mills.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Extension of the proceedings for 6 months

I have to say that when I first read Re P (A child) 2018  I thought it was of limited interest and value and incredibly fact-specific, but I am aware that this is not how it is being viewed by some, and therefore felt it might warrant a blog post.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Supreme Court emphasises councils’ duties to inform parents fully about s. 20

Williams v LB Hackney is a widely awaited judgment from the Supreme Court because the issues centred on the lawful use of s 20 Children Act 1989 – known as ‘voluntary accommodation’.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Marital agreements—sharing, needs and foreign property regimes

Jennifer Perrins, barrister at 1KBW, considers the case of Versteegh v Versteegh on the importance of legal advice in relation to a pre-marital agreement, whether a party has ‘a full appreciation of the implications’ and the appropriateness of making a ‘Wells order’.

Full post: Family Law Blog
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