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  • KW v RM [2017] EWHC 3814 (Fam) Father's application under the 1980 Hague Convention seeking summary return of his son to the USA succeeded. Judgment, 20/07/2018, free
  • Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2018] EWCA Civ 1714 Appeal against a custodial sentence for contempt of court. Appeal dismissed. Judgment, 20/07/2018, free
  • WEBINAR: Owens v Owens: what the judgment means in practice Live webinar to be broadcast 4-5pm Wednesday 25th of July - free to listen in on the day News, 20/07/2018, free
  • Private Members Bill seeks to force review of divorce law Baroness Butler-Sloss, former President of the Family Division, ii sponsoring the BIll. News, 19/07/2018, free
  • 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. News, 19/07/2018, free
  • Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38 Appeal against an upwards variation of periodical payments to the ex wife after she had received a capital sum in order to buy a house outright but had made unwise financial decisions which resulted in her having to pay rent. Appeal allowed. Judgment, 19/07/2018, free
  • Barker v Winter [2018] EWHC 1785 (QB) Claim for damages after the claimant cohabitee claimed that she had been deceived by the defendant in spending her divorce settlement money on a lavish lifestyle after he promised to pay her back and buy her a house when his own divorce had concluded. Judgment, 16/07/2018, free
  • Thum v Thum [2018] EWCA Civ 624 The wife's divorce petition was issued in England in October 2015. An attempt to serve the petition on the husband was made in February 2016 in Germany where he was living at the time, but this failed because of insufficient address details being given by the wife. In the meantime, the husband had commenced divorce proceedings in Germany in January 2016. The husband was appealing against a ruling that the English court was first seised on the grounds that the wife had failed to take the required steps to serve the petition. The appeal was dismissed, the court saying that Rule 7.8 FPR simply requires the petitioner to serve the petition. No particular step is stipulated as having to take place "immediately" or by a certain date. Judgment, 16/07/2018, free
  • M (BIIa Article 19: Court First Seised) [2018] EWCA Civ 1637 Mother's appeal against an order that she return the children to the UK from Poland after the English court ruled that they, and not the Polish court, had jurisdiction. The appeal was allowed, the court saying that the Polish court became and had remained seised of jurisdiction in relation to the children. Judgment, 16/07/2018, free
  • B (A Child) [2018] EWHC 1643 (Fam) Father's application for the return of the child to Spain after the mother had wrongfully removed him to the UK. The 'disastrous state of affairs' had resulted in the child being taken into care when the mother returned to Brazil and found herself unable to return to the UK. Judgment, 16/07/2018, free

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