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Crucial Developments Concerning Canada

by Helen Blackburn / 24 May, 2017

We are delighted to confirm that Canada signed the 1996 Child Protection Convention and the 2007 Child Support (Maintenance) Convention yesterday (23 May 2017) in a ceremony that took place in the Netherlands.   In doing so Canada became the 49th and 37th contracting states

Malta’s Cohabitation Bill Passes Second Reading: Important Reminder for Cohabiting Couples Worldwide to Seek Advice & Protect Their Rights

by Lucy Greenwood / 23 May, 2017

As Malta’s Cohabitation Bill passes its second reading it is the latest country in a series, including Australia and Canada, looking set to introduce "de facto" marriage for unmarried cohabitants. For more information about Malta's Cohabitation Bill please see here.

Forthcoming Changes to Financial Remedy Applications

by Stuart Clark / 22 May, 2017

There has been a drive in recent years, led by Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of the Courts in England and Wales, to ensure that financial proceedings are dealt with by the appropriate Judges, at the correct judicial level and with optimum specialisation of expertise both judicially and administratively behind the scenes. A number of important changes to the system have been introduced, often pilot-led, and with much success, and more changes are coming soon. 

iFLG take part in 10k The London Legal Walk 2017 to raise funds for vulnerable people needing legal support

by Madeleine Gordon / 16 May, 2017

On Monday 22nd May thousands of people from the legal profession will be taking part in the annual ‘London Legal Walk’, a 10km walk through central London. The aim is to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust which funds law centres and pro bono agencies in and around London which provide invaluable assistance to some of the neediest people

London reaches across Europe to embrace Istanbul and work together to combat domestic violence

by Fatimah Farag / 15 May, 2017

Fatimah Farag, David Hodson OBE MCIArb, and Madeleine Gordon

On 8 June 2012, the UK government made a commitment to help end violence against women by signing and promising to ratify The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CETS No.210) (the “Istanbul Convention”). 

Spousal support on divorce “revolutionised” by Italian Supreme Court

by Stuart Clark / 11 May, 2017

On 10 May 2017 the Supreme Court in Italy handed down a decision which Italian legal commentators are saying revolutionises the basis of spousal support upon divorce in Italy.

When Do Marital Contributions Become Special?

by Michael Allum / 28 Apr, 2017

On 11 April 2017 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Gray v Work.  It determined whether a spouse should receive more than 50% of the shared net marital assets on the basis that he or she has made a "special contribution" to the welfare of the family.  In England all assets acquired during the marriage are shared equally unless there is a good reason for a departure.  It is an important decision about when marital assets will be unequally shared. 

Large increase in marriage rate in men and women over 65

by Hannah Budd / 20 Apr, 2017

The Office of National Statistics has recently published new data in relation to the marriages that took place in England and Wales during the course of 2014.

The Great EU Repeal Bill White Paper and family law

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 10 Apr, 2017

David Hodson examines the UK government consultation paper on proposed legislation on Brexit in respect of EU law.  He finds that unlike many other areas of law, family law does not need, nor want, EU law to be simply put into national law as the government proposes. 

New Investigation Reveals Growth in Halala Marriages

by Stuart Clark / 06 Apr, 2017

Stuart Clark looks behind the headlines of a concerning story about divorce practices and considers the impact of recognition of religious marriage arrangements in England and Wales and abroad.

Emma Nash Appointed New Associate

by Madeleine Gordon / 04 Apr, 2017

The International Family Law Group LLP is delighted to announce that Emma Nash, a Solicitor Advocate, has been appointed Associate.

The International Family Law Group LLP celebrates its 10th birthday

by Madeleine Gordon / 03 Apr, 2017

iFLG was founded on 2 April 2007 by Ann Thomas and David Hodson OBE. Based in Covent Garden, London, it was the world's first law, mediation and arbitration practice set up specifically for the needs of international families and their children. 

The Hague 1970 Divorce Recognition Convention: filling an EU divorce gap?

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 30 Mar, 2017

 

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A Culture of Change: Family Law and Inter-Ethnic Families

by Fatimah Farag / 30 Mar, 2017

We have seen a change in the demography of our society with the increase in families of mixed ethnicities in recent years.

Commentary on the House of Commons Justice Committee Report on implications of Brexit for the justice system

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 26 Mar, 2017

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