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iFLG hosts the International Family Law Conference 2019

by Mita Mistry / 22 Mar, 2019

The International Family Law Group LLP and Anthony Gold Solicitors hosted their second annual International Family Law Conference yesterday (21 March 2019) in London.

Analysis: Was De Gafforj ruling another missed opportunity?

by Stuart Clark / 11 Mar, 2019

Partner Stuart Clark, of the International Family Law Group, looks at the Court of Appeal ruling that granted Anne Orenga de Gafforj a Hadkinson Order in September 2018.

Potential implications of Brexit on pension sharing after an overseas divorce

by Michael Allum / 05 Mar, 2019

Family analysis: Michael Allum and Stuart Clark, partners at The International Family Law Group LLP, highlight that obtaining effective pension sharing orders which will be recognised and implemented by pension providers in England and Wales after an overseas divorce is already a very complex and difficult area, and will become even more so in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Meeting the President of Cyprus

by Lucy Loizou / 21 Feb, 2019

On 16 February 2019, Lucy Loizou, a Partner at the firm had the pleasure of meeting the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades in Limassol, Cyprus.  Mr Anastasiades was elected as President in 2013 and is currently serving his second five year term in office.

Oh Calderbank: which approach is the fairer of them all? Contrasting the English and Australian positions on costs offers

by Sarah Basso / 12 Feb, 2019

In the recent Australian decision of Laniga and Carron (No.

International Forum on Online Courts London, December 2018: an international family lawyer’s perspective

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 07 Feb, 2019

Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb, Partner, The International Family Law Group, provides a family lawyer’s perspective of the matters arising at the inaugural International Forum on Online Courts.

Winning the race to the divorce court by coming second: CJEU delivers surprising lis pendens judgment

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 06 Feb, 2019

Within EU family law where more than one EU member state has a connection, forum is decided only on who is the first party to lodge proceedings. A recent CJEU judgment however found that a divorce pronounced in the country second seized takes effect even overriding the proceedings in the country first seized with the proceedings. This article examines the case:

Restrictions on international travel if child support in arrears

by Sarah Basso / 05 Feb, 2019

In some countries (for example, in certain states in America) your ability to travel and obtain a passport can be restricted or temporarily removed if you fail to make payment of child maintenance over a set amount.  In late 2018, changes were made to child support legislation in England (the ins

How will a 'no-deal Brexit' affect you?

by Mita Mistry / 31 Jan, 2019

We have produced a summary which can be found here:

New Practice Direction signals further step forward for online divorce (although practitioners will need to wait a bit longer to take part in the pilot)

by Emma Chowdhury / 16 Jan, 2019

As we discussed in our previous article, online divorce became available to litigants in person in England in May 2018 and then to selected p

The UK will be ready for no deal on Brexit in family law

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 10 Jan, 2019

The UK civil service has been very busy preparing, particularly since early summer for the eventuality of a no deal. Of course it’s strongly arguable that the preparation should have been throughout the entire period since Art 50 notice was given. It’s a foolish family lawyer who with a final hearing approaching fails to prepare for trial in the hope of negotiating a settlement. Nevertheless there has been intensive and effective activity in civil servant circles in readiness.

In my perception, having studied the various statutory instruments released by government and worked closely with government officials, I think the UK in the family law perspective will be ready if it is necessary to leave with no deal. Of course many hope that a good deal can be still accomplished. But if sadly not, then departure with no deal will now be workable, with no material prejudice in most cases to clients, and with adequate alternatives to EU laws

What will no deal departure look like in family law?

This summary note applies primarily to England and Wales; Scotland will be introducing separate measures.  Details of the various statutory instruments referred to can be supplied.

Matrimonial Property and Risk: A brief analysis of the Court of Appeal judgment in Martin v Martin

by Emma Nash / 08 Jan, 2019

A recent Court of Appeal judgment has considered the tricky area of how business assets should be dealt with on divorce.

How can I change my financial settlement?

by Stuart Clark / 07 Jan, 2019

By Stuart Clark & Emma Chowdhury 

Watershed moment for UK surrogacy law

by Helen Blackburn / 03 Jan, 2019

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 comes into force today (3 January 2019) enabling single people for the very first time to apply for parental orders. 

Declaration of Parentage used in Child Abduction Proceedings

by Emma Nash / 02 Jan, 2019

An unusual judgment has recently been made by Mr Justice Williams in G (Declaration of Parentage – Removal of Person Identified as Mother from Birth Certificate) (No2) [2018] EWHC 3361 (Fam).