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Podcast: Family Cases with an International Dimension

David Hodson speaks on family cases with an international dimension. For a lawyer dealing primarily with purely national cases, it can be rather a shock when a case arrives with an international element. What should the practitioner be alert to and what issues should be looked at?

Podcast: Financial Outcomes on Marriage Breakdown

David Hodson speaks on what is the law in England on financial outcomes on marriage breakdown. It has been the subject of two major House of Lords decisions and numerous Court of Appeal and High Court reported cases in the past six years. Yet many practitioners in England and abroad are confused by what is the state of the law. One thing is certain, looking to statute law will not provide an answer!

The Family Law Show: Programme 12 - Achieving Divorce Amicably

This programme gives an overview on achieving divorce amicably and gives guidance to viewers about the key considerations in this area of the law

iGuide: Resolution by Out of Court Settlements

There are many different ways to resolve cases without the need to go to court. Here is our iGuide in relation to out of court settlements.

EU approves European divorce enhanced co-operation

David Hodson's summary of the content of the Regulation drawing attention to crucial elements for practitioners, clients and future policymakers

DB v PB: Unfair marital agreements, chaos of EU law and unusual routes to fairness

David Hodson OBE 

Pension sharing in England after a foreign financial settlement

by David Hodson OBE

What is the situation? 

A couple on relationship breakdown abroad reach a financial settlement which involves sharing a pension based in England and Wales, sometimes based in the UK.  It may be pursuant to a foreign court order or a binding financial agreement.

What is the attitude of English pension companies?

The final decree of divorce: Timing is absolutely everything

by Emma Nash

Q: Why does the timing matter of the application for the final decree of divorce?

A: Because it brings the marriage to an end.

Gender duress in marital agreements: an Australian case study

Marital agreements are not yet part of English cultural life. But undoubtedly family lawyers are now being increasingly asked to draft them. For many of us, our continued anxiety and worry is the pressure put on the financially weaker party, often although not always the wife, to enter into an agreement which is less good than relying on the law. Sometimes it can be very disadvantageous.

Motion debated in the House of Commons for "no fault" divorce

A ten minute motion will be debated in the House of Commons today at the instigation of Conservative MP Richard Bacon seeking to bring in a Bill providing for “no-fault” divorce in England and Wales.

The current law provides that the only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. This requires one of five “facts”:

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