At a time when the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that there would be an in or out referendum after the next general election and in the meantime a careful consideration of possible repatriation of EU powers, David Hodson sets out in four separate opinion pieces different areas where he believes it is very important that family law powers are drawn back from the EU, repatriated, in circumstances where there has been excessive powers taken by the EU for itself.  This includes:

  • the power to refuse the opportunity for member states to enter into the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention with new signatory states unless the EU gave permission
  • the refusal of jurisdiction in a non-EU case for maintenance orders when based only on sole domicile
  • the continued insistence on applicable law coupled with the first to issue principle in Brussels II and other elements of EU family law powers

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