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

NEWS
Increase in family law cases causing court backlogs: Lord Chief Justice
‘Still too few judges to absorb all of the increases in case volumes’. Full story: Family Law Week.

Courts to pilot more flexible hours for the benefit of the public
Early and late sittings will be piloted in civil and family courts, giving people greater access to hearings that can fit around their busy lives. Full story: HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

Sir James Munby appointed Chair of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Sir James Munby as Chair of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. Full story: Nuffield Foundation.

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2018
These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010. Statutory Instrument.

Committee stage of Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill scheduled for 23 November
The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill is scheduled to commence its Committee stage – ie line by line examination of the Bill – in the House of Lords on 23 November. Full story: Family Law Week.

CASES
IX v IY [2018] EWHC 3053 (Fam) (16 October 2018)
Final hearing of wife's financial remedies claim in case with estimated assets of £38 million, including consideration of principles of sharing, needs and compensation. Full report: Bailii.

LM v KD [2018] EWHC 3057 (Fam) (12 November 2018)
Appeals in TOLATA and CA Sch 1 proceedings, where the principal question arising was whether jurisdiction in respect of the matters in issue lay, as the wife claimed, with the courts of England and Wales or, as the husband maintained, with the courts of Italy. Full report: Bailii.

K (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2512 (08 August 2018)
Appeal against order refusing to direct local authority to return child to the care of the mother upon his anticipated release from hospital, where he was being treated for meningitis. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

D, E, F and G (Children : Art 15 - transfer of the proceedings) (Rev 2) [2017] EWHC 3078 (Fam) (19 September 2017)
Care proceedings concerning 4 children. Application for transfer of proceedings to Romania. Application refused. Full report: Bailii.

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My posts this week on the Stowe Family Law Blog included:

Expert witnesses and radical changes: The President speaks - To the Annual Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference.

Missing husband presumed dead in Egypt - Mr Justice Hayden goes all Agatha Christie in Halford v Halford.

Does justice have to be face-to-face? - Not according to professor Susskind. Apparently.

Private Members’ Bill aims to improve Child Maintenance Service - The Child Maintenance Bill 2017-19.
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A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

NEWS
President’s Guidance: Addition to Compendium of Standard Family Orders
With the agreement of the President I promulgate three new orders, and an addition to an existing order, to be added with immediate effect to the Compendium of Standard Orders. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Law Society publishes no-deal Brexit guidance on family law
The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors highlighting the changes in civil and commercial co-operation that will occur in the event the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement and transitional arrangements in place, and the steps solicitors should consider in order to prepare their practice for this scenario. Full story: Family Law.

Social services under fire after boy placed into foster care before grandparents knew he was born
Judge says grandparents could have been considered as carers if they were told of boy's existence. Full story: The Independent. See Z v Kent County Council, below.

Pension Advisory Group: Update
The Pension Advisory Group was convened in mid-2017 with the purpose of producing a good practice guide for lawyers and financial experts about the issues relating to pensions on divorce. Full story: Family Law.

CASES
S (Care proceedings: Article 15 second transfer) [2018] EWHC 3054 (Fam) (29 October 2018)
Care proceedings. Application by mother for transfer of proceedings to the Republic of Ireland. Application refused. Full report: Bailii.

NN v AS & Ors [2018] EWHC 2973 (Fam) (06 November 2018)
Claim by wife following Egyptian divorce, including determining interests of wider family members in various properties. Full report: Bailii.

HC (A Minor : Deprivation of Liberty) [2018] EWHC 2961 (Fam) (05 November 2018)
Application by LA for court to determine whether 13 year-old's placement constitutes a deprivation of his liberty and, if so, for authorisation. Full report: Bailii.

Z v Kent County Council (Revocation of placement order - Failure to assess Mother's capacity and Grandparents) [2018] EWFC B65 (18 October 2018)
Care proceedings. Placement order revoked and special guardianship orders made in favour of current carers. Full report: Bailii.

D (A child : parental alienation) [2018] EWFC B64 (19 October 2018)
Proceedings regarding arrangements for 13 year old child. Fact-finding hearing considering allegations that the father had abused the child, and that that the mother had systematically alienated the child from the father. Full report: Bailii.

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

NEWS
Civil Partnerships Bill reaches report stage
New clause requires government to bring equality between between same-sex and other couples. Full story: Family Law Week.

New courts and tribunals media guidance released for staff
HM Courts & Tribunals Service has released guidance for its staff to help encourage and facilitate media access to the UK’s family and other courts and tribunals. Full story: Family Law.

Home Affairs Committee urges Government to widen forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill
Report recommends end to single Universal Credit payments. Full story: Family Law Week.

CASES
D, (A Child), Re [2018] EWHC 2828 (Fam) (05 October 2018)
Judgment concerning accommodation of child exhibiting extreme behaviour, possibly as a consequence of what she witnessed whilst living in Iraq. Full report: Bailii.

Lomax & Ors v Greenslade [2018] EWHC 2623 (Ch) (23 July 2018)
Appeal against award in Inheritance Act proceedings arising in circumstances where a father had not made provision for his 3 children in the will. At first instance the judge had made an award to the claimant children leaving the defendant with 69k out of 699k. Her appeal was rejected though the awards to the children reduced slightly as a result of fresh evidence about the value of the estate and other costs incurred. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

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My posts this week on the Stowe Family Law Blog included:

Research project to look at quality of online advice for children cases - A much-needed research project.

Are husbands ashamed to make financial claims on divorce? - I suspect they may be.

Court sanctions withdrawal of medical treatment for two month old child with brain abnormality - The very sad and difficult case Re C.

Should we have a domestic violence perpetrators register? - As suggested by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.
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