Russian billionaire succeeds in having wife’s MFPA Pt III claim dismissed

If claim allowed, there would be 'no limit to divorce tourism'.

Full story: Family Law Week

The Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019

The main purpose of these Regulations is to extend civil partnership to opposite-sex couples under the law of England and Wales.

Statutory Instrument

First registrations of opposite-sex civil partnerships set for New Year’s Eve

Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 approved by Lords.

Full story: Family Law Week

Britain’s Children’s Commissioners call for UNCRC to be incorporated into domestic law

Assessment of children’s rights marks thirtieth anniversary of UNCRC.

Full story: Family Law Week

Bulgarian baby to be placed for adoption in England after social workers’ concerns

A Bulgarian baby should be placed for adoption in England even though she will probably lose her cultural identity as a result, a family court judge has decided.

Full story: Care Appointments

Woman with learning difficulties granted freedom to consent to sexual relationships

A Court of Protection judge has given a woman with learning difficulties a chance to find love.

Full story: Care Appointments

Difficulties in recruiting to District Bench "to have adverse consequences" for civil, family jurisdictions: Lord Chief Justice

The Lord Chief Justice has warned of “a very worrying shortfall” in the recruitment of salaried members to the District Bench this year, saying that it will have adverse consequences for the family and civil jurisdictions.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Child maintenance arrangements made after speaking to CM Options, data up to August 2019

Preliminary estimates of the Child Maintenance outcomes of parents following contact with Child Maintenance (CM) Options.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions
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Various applications concerning foreign representative powers, Re [2019 EWCOP 52 (08 November 2019)

Judgment concerning five unrelated applications asking the Court to make orders to give effect in England and Wales to representative powers originating in a foreign jurisdiction.

Full report: Bailii

A Hospital NHS Trust v LP & Anor [2019] EWHC 2989 (Fam) (25 July 2019)

Application by NHS Trust for authority to administer blood transfusion to seriously injured 13 year old child whose parents are Jehovah's Witnesses.

Full report: Bailii

Potanin v Potanina [2019] EWHC 2956 (Fam) (08 November 2019)

Application by husband to set aside grant of leave to wife to apply for financial relief pursuant to Part III MFPA 1984. Application granted.

Full report: Bailii

Shokrollah-Babaee v Shokrollah-Babaee [2019] EWHC 2975 (Fam) (19 September 2019)

Hearing of cross-applications relating to the enforcement, implementation and variation of a financial remedies order.

Full report: Bailii

H (Children: Relocation), Re [2019] EWHC 2881 (Fam) (30 October 2019)

Application by father for permission to relocate children to the Netherlands.

Full report: Bailii
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Financial Remedy Update, November 2019

Sue Brookes, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during October 2019.

Full article: Family Law Week

Meeting income needs from capital

Two of the most recent issues which have been considered by the Family Court are as follows: Whether an earning capacity is a matrimonial asset to which the sharing principle applies; and: In a sharing case, to what extent is it fair that a wife is required to use her share of capital to meet her income needs, whereas the husband will meet his income needs from future income?

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Wife fails to overturn financial award made in arbitration

A recent decision in the High Court upholding a financial award made in arbitration confirms the courts’ support for arbitration in financial proceedings. It also acts as a warning to anyone seeking to appeal a family arbitral award.

Full article: Family Law
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The Public and the ‘Future Court’

A Future Court and Tribunal Service Built for Users was the title of Tuesday’s HMCTS annual public event to inform court users and their representatives about progress of the court modernisation programme, 12 months since the last such update.

Full post: The Transparency Project

‘Are you here because of the significant failure?’

As it happens I wasn’t, and the lawyer who asked me this had assumed wrongly. I was attending court just to see what was on that day, and to use the legal blogging pilot to try to report a typical day in the life of a circuit judge.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Ordinary heartbreak

This post is about a hearing I attended recently as a legal blogger. This hearing was a case management hearing in a care case.

Full post: The Transparency Project

“And all the pieces matter…”

S (A Child: Adequacy of Reasoning), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 1845 (31 October 2019).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Practice directions and President’s guidance

Creating ‘law’ by practice direction and guidance.

Full post: dbfamilylaw
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