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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:

Divorce forum disputes: when dual nationality may not be a possibility

Overview

As there can be dramatic financial and other differences for an international family in proceedings in one country or another, jurisdiction is fundamentally important.  It is sometimes based on nationality.  But some countries prevent citizens having nationality of more than one country.  International family lawyers need to be aware of which countries allow or prohibit dual nationality

Innovative New International Family Law Arbitration Scheme Launched Today in Fiji

A new and innovative arbitration scheme has been launched today (4 September 2017) at the 16th Australian Family Lawyers Conference, held in Fiji.  

Divorce Jurisdiction and Forum after Brexit

In this paper, presented at the Class Legal conference on 21 June 2017, David Hodson examines three elements of our existing divorce law which will need examination on leaving the EU.  

Innovative New International Family Law Arbitration Scheme Announced in Boston

Today (2 June 2017) at the AFCC Annual Conference in Boston, USA, Prof. Patrick Parkinson and David Hodson of iFLG, two of the world’s leading international family lawyers, have announced an innovative new scheme to help international families. It is called ‘The International Family Law Arbitration Scheme’ (IFLAS). It will avoid long and expensive forum litigation and will help couples work out where any family differences should be resolved by ascertaining with which country they have the closest connection. 

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

 

Overview

 

David Hodson examines this little-known Hague Convention on the international recognition of divorces and legal separations.  Might it be the answer to the recommendation by the House of Commons Justice Committee for a system for mutual recognition and enforcement of family court orders?

 

English family law after Brexit

 

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

We have seen a change in the demography of our society with the increase in families of mixed ethnicities in recent years. Free movement of workers within the EU, coupled with international reciprocal arrangements allowing for the emigration of individuals from many different and varied nations, has created fascinating melting pots of cultures, languages and religions across the UK. It remains to be seen how Brexit will impact this trend.

Divorce jurisdiction after Brexit

Since the EU referendum, David Hodson of iFLG has been working on what should be the divorce jurisdiction of our country once we leave the European Union.  At the moment divorce jurisdiction is found in EU statutes.  David  made proposals to an EU family law working group based in London consisting of leading and junior counsel and specialist solicitors, which considers complex issues of EU law.  He has been a member of this group since its inception.

Jurisdiction for divorce for same-sex marriages

 

What should be the necessary connection, jurisdiction, should a country have with a couple in order to deal with a same sex divorce?

Should it be the same for heterosexual divorce? Yes of course as it is all the same concept of marriage and there should be no discrimination.

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.

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