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Top Ten Myths in International Family Law

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about international family law issues. Here is our top 10:

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



Turkey signs 1996 and 2007 Hague Conventions

On Friday 7 October 2016 Turkey signed and deposited its instrument of ratification to the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention and to the 2007 Hague Maintenance Convention. Both Conventions will enter into force for Turkey on 1 February 2017. After the turmoil in Turkey in recent months these are very welcome developments for that country and excellent developments worldwide.

Replacing the Apostille – an overhaul of legalisation in the EU

The present method for public documents to be authenticated for the purposes of being presented to a foreign jurisdiction is by way of an Apostille, a certificate of legal authenticity. An Apostille certificate is issued by government, attached to a legal document and confirms that the stamp, seal or signature on that document is genuine.  It can be a fairly complicated process.

The process is found in the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 and EU regulation 1024/2012

Brexit and international child relocation


The UK has voted to leave the European Union. This decision will have many unforeseen consequences for the UK.  But what might be the implications for parents and their children wishing now to leave the UK? 

iFLG sets up Brexit family law helpdesk

The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) have today launched a free Brexit family law helpdesk to provide information for family lawyers here and abroad and those involved in family court proceedings about the impact of Brexit on family law.

Brexit and national family law

This note sets out some preliminary reflections on the impact on domestic, national family law of the UK voting to leave the EU.

Brexit and international family law

This note sets out some preliminary reflections on the impact on international family law of the UK voting, by a close majority, to leave the EU.

EU Court Decides Best Interests Test as Forum for Child Maintenance

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has handed down a judgement giving a very important ruling on forum in child maintenance claims, particularly when there are divorce or other proceedings in another EU member state.  In doing so it has followed a fairly radical Opinion of the CJEU Advocate General and given priority to the best interests of the child in a finance dispute claim.  It has said that child maintenance claims should be brought in the jurisdiction of parental responsibility proceedings (where the children are habitually resident) even if there are other divorce or divorce related finance proceedings continuing in another member state.

David Hodson considers the new EU law on domestic violence EU has introduced a law, in force in January 2015, giving significant cross-EU powers and orders for the victims of domestic violence and others needing protective measures. This is a culmination of excellent work in respect of domestic abuse over many years by the EU in the Daphne project.