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The new Family Procedure Rules 2010 in international cases

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 17 Mar, 2011 On 6 April, 2011, England and Wales has a new procedural set of rules with ancillary practice directions and very different forms.  What is striking about these 2010 Rules, as distinct from the 1991 Rules, is the considerable reference to European Union legislati

Plugging the hole of nondisclosure

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 11 Feb, 2011

The Dutch may have found a way of preventing the leaking of assets through non-disclosure. A particular provision in the Dutch Civil Code might have some considerable success in England, which is still reeling from the Imerman decision last summer.

Internal relocation on the slow boat to the Orkneys

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 11 Jan, 2011

At a time when international travel can be easier and quicker than within national boundaries, can there be any justification for different criteria in law for a relocation of a child with a primary caring parent internally or internationally?

Denise Carter OBE and Professor Patrick Parkinson OA join iFLG

by Ann Thomas / 04 Jan, 2011

The International Family Law Group (iFLG) is delighted to announce that two of the world’s leading family law professionals are joining as Consultants to contribute to its continued success as a dynamic international family law practice.

Practising for the Future

by ANONYMOUS (not verified) / 15 Dec, 2010

The overriding “first to issue” rule of Brussels II and the importance placed by some other jurisdictions worldwide who and where the divorce proceedings started, and the potential ramifications of getting that wrong, means that practising in international family law brings additional pressures o

Anton Pillering in the clouds

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 15 Nov, 2010 How do you carry out a search and find (Anton Piller) order when the documentation to be discovered and the purpose of the search, especially electronic information, is held not at the premises being searched but elsewhere, perhaps on a server in another continen

Scam emails

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 09 Nov, 2010 A warning that the scam emails in the context of collaborative law are doing the rounds again. All international family lawyers should beware when they are contacted to enforce a foreign, often American, collaborative law agreement.

The international pensions black hole

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 12 Jul, 2010 The Supreme Court decision in Agbaje (2010) UKSC 13 created excellent fairness and justice opportunities for international families to seek some financial provision here after inadequate provision from a foreign divorce.

The war of the family law worlds: the invasion of applicable law

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 09 Nov, 2007

No one would have believed in the last years of the first decade of the 21st century that the English family law world was being watched keenly and closely by EU bureaucrats; that as family lawyers busied themselves about their Forms E and special procedures they were being scrutinised and st

Parenting concerns at a time of separation

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 17 Mar, 2007

At a time of breakdown in the relationship between adults who are also parents, it is too easy for the needs of the children to be overlooked. However children need help too and parents often need help to do their best for their children at such a time.