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Paternity Fraud; Cheating the Child and Deceiving the Father

by Emma Nash / 13 Jun, 2017

Paternity fraud is when a mother tells someone that they are the father of their child in order to illicit some benefit from him. This is usually financial benefit but in some cases can be more.

Equal division of assets on divorce no longer appropriate for short childless marriages

by Stuart Clark / 13 Jun, 2017

The Court of Appeal has today delivered its judgment in the matter of Sharp.

The appeal was brought by Julie Sharp, an energy trader, who argued against the principle of an equal division of the marital assets in light of the relatively short length of the marriage and on the basis that she brought the larger proportion of the wealth to the marriage. The parties, who were married for four years, had combined assets of approximately £6.9m, approximately £5.45m of which was acquired during the course of the marriage. Both parties pursued their own individual careers and kept their assets separate. They did not have any children.

The role, benefits and concerns of digital technology in the Family Justice System

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 06 Jun, 2017

Today, 6th June 2017, David Hodson has presented a paper on the above at the World Congress of Family Law in Dublin. 

Innovative New International Family Law Arbitration Scheme Announced in Boston

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 02 Jun, 2017

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. 

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 Basama / 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 David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 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.