Saudi billionaire denied diplomatic immunity in UK maintenance battle

Judge finds Sheikh Walid Juffali’s defence that he was shielded from courts ‘spurious’ in dispute with ex-wife Christina Estrada.

Full story: The Guardian

State pension sharing on the termination of a marriage or civil partnership

DWP information note published on changes from 6 April 2016.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children Arbitration Scheme to be launched

Resolution announces plan to roll-out scheme in July 2016.

Full story: Family Law Week

Clear advice and guidance key to supporting young people leaving care, says Ombudsman

Council makes mistakes in its handling teenager’s immigration status.

Full story: Family Law Week

Quarter of foster carers rarely or never keep in contact with former foster children

The Fostering Network launches campaign to help maintain foster relationships.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge rules £200k a year is 'appropriate' provision for Arab royal's son

Court hears mother of boy wanted £800k a year so that the youngster could "replicate" his father's lifestyle.

Full story: The Telegraph

The Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016

These Regulations amend the Schedule to the Special Guardianship Regulations (2005) which prescribes the matters to be dealt with by local authorities in reports they prepare for the court in applications for special guardianship orders.

Statutory Instrument

Latest deprivation of liberty ruling has ‘huge implications’ for children’s social workers

Experts say the case could soon be talked of as having a similar impact to Cheshire West itself in terms of the role of the state and its obligations to 16- and 17-year-olds.

Full story: Community Care
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Estrada v Walid Bin Ahmed Abdallah Al-Juffali [2016] EWHC 213 (Fam) (08 February 2016)

Part III MFPA proceedings in which the respondent, a Saudi national, claimed diplomatic immunity.

Full report: Bailii

Burns v Burns [2016] EWCA Civ 37 (28 January 2016)

The appeal from a decision finding that the deceased had testamentary capacity and that the will was valid, was dismissed.

Full report: Family Law

C (A Child), Re [2015] EWFC B206 (17 November 2015)

Care and placement proceedings in respect of an eight month old child.

Full report: Bailii

J, Y and others (Children;Care & Placement), Re [2015] EWFC B205 (04 December 2015)

Care proceedings in respect of five children, with a care plan of long term foster care for the older three children and a care plan of placement for adoption for the younger two.

Full report: Bailii

AZ (Child : Relocation to Poland), Re [2016] EWFC 8 (03 February 2016)

Cross-applications by father for child arrangements order and by mother to relocate to Poland.

Full report: Bailii
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Burns v Burns – elderly testators, mental impairment and the ‘golden rule’

What if an elderly client, whose state of mental health is uncertain, approaches you and asks you to prepare her will?

Full article: Family Law

A child's habitual residence: Where is it and when can it change?

Hetty Gleave considers recent guidance from the Supreme Court in Re: B, which offers a ray of hope for cases of parental child abduction.

Full article: Solicitors Journal

Internal Relocation: The Law Following Re C (Internal Relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305

Deborah Eaton QC and Stephen Jarmain, barrister, both of 1 King’s Bench Walk, explain the lessons to be learned from the important Court of Appeal judgment on internal relocation in which the authors represented the mother.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Aburn v Aburn: Appeal allowed against advance variation of periodical payments order

A summary of Aburn v Aburn [2016] EWCA Civ 72 (04 February 2016), which concerned an appeal relating to a provision for an automatic increase in the level of periodical payments payable to the wife following the date upon which the youngest child ceased privately funded secondary education.

Full post: Family Lore

Why lawyers and mediators should work closely together

If lawyers and mediators don’t work together to give clients what they want, others will, says guest blogger Mary Banham-Hall.

Full post: Family Law Blog

One last chance

RE C (A child: Refusal to make Interim Care Order) 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

The Costa dignity…. Financial abuse case

Re AH 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

S (A Child): Tainted report not permitted on re-hearing of adoption application

A summary of S (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 1345 (3 November 2015), which concerned the re-hearing of a step-parent adoption in respect of an 8 year-old boy.

Full post: Family Lore
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