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Guidance

The Family Court has power to order interim sales of property

Can the family court order the family home, or indeed any other family property, to be sold (with vacant possession given on sale) and the proceeds distributed on an interim basis before the final financial settlement?  The power to make this order is often vitally needed at an interim stage by practitioners and their clients in circumstances where, for example, there are considerable debts, it is known that the property will eventually be sold and perhaps one spouse is doggedly refusing to t

Best interests of the child overrides EU finance jurisdiction law

David Hodson considers the recent Opinion of an Advocate General of the European Union Court of Justice (CJEU) which seems to set out a potentially significant widening of jurisdiction in EU family law finance cases, and perhaps even divorce cases, based on the supremacy of the best interests of the child. 

Thinking of varying a maintenance order?

Have you complied with the terms of the order?

Legal and practical things to consider if you are marrying abroad...

With more people marrying abroad it is essential that couples consider the legal and practical implications of their foreign marriage.

Have you been divorced abroad? English Financial Settlements after a Foreign Divorce

Even though there has been a divorce abroad the English Family Court has discretion to make a financial order against a former husband or wife. This can overcome financial hardship when the divorce courts of the other country made an inadequate financial settlement.

Legal Services Orders: The First Guidance from the Courts

Since 1 April 2013 the courts have had the power to order a party to pay to the other an amount to enable them to pay for legal services within certain family court proceedings. This article explores the first guidance from the courts on these applications.

Repatriation of EU family law powers

FamilyLaw.co.uk: 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.

Will I be left penniless after my divorce?

This article looks at what factors are taken into account when a divorcing couple has to separate their financial assets and also considers what the split will be and how that split is calculated.

Special Contributions on divorce following Cooper-Hohn

Stuart Clark and Jenny Green consider the law on special financial contributions on divorce following the case of Cooper-Hohn.

High Court awards £453m in divorce proceedings – but finds no departure from equality

Fatimah Farag, assistant solicitor, looks at the recent decision of AAZ v BBZ and the Court’s approach to the parties’ huge levels of wealth.

AAZ v BBZ, C Ltd and P Ltd [2016] EWHC 3234 (Fam), a financial relief case heard by Haddon-Cave J in late November and early December 2016 with judgment released on 12 May 2017, sees the High Court make one of the largest awards in an English case. 

The Family Law Show: Programme 2 - Child Abduction

Lucy Loizou and Mandeep Gill discuss what child abduction is and give information about what to do in the event that you are faced with this difficult situation

The Family Law Show: Programme 10 - International Issues relating to Family Law Cases

This programme, featuring Lucy Loizou and David Hodson, gives an over view about family law and also those cases that have an international element

The Family Law Show: Programme 3 - Recognition of Foreign Marriages and Divorces

Lucy Loizou talks with Hannah Budd about the recognition of foreign marriages and divorces and whether you can claim further financial provision in the event that you have been divorced abroad and feel that you have received an unfair financial outcome

Podcast: Residence in English Law

David Hodson speaks on the concept of residence in English law, as it is the primary basis for jurisdiction. There have been recent case law developments bringing England closer into alignment with the European family law.

Podcast: Jurisdiction in Divorce Cases

David Hodson speaks on the grounds for jurisdiction in divorce cases. This covers the notorious first to issue principle which applies in any case in which another in European country might be involved.  Specifically  it looks at good practice in the issuing of divorce petitions in such cases.

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