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Villiers: Divorce and Financial applications involving England and Scotland

by Stuart Clark / 17 May, 2018

Stuart Clark, associate solicitor at The International Family Law Group LLP, discusses the outcome in Villiers and the impact on divorce and financial proceedings taking place in England and Scotland .

David Hodson presented to European Parliament on “Brexit and Family Law”

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 17 May, 2018


Ending the Blame Game - What is “no fault divorce”?

by Lucy Loizou / 16 May, 2018

On 17 May 2018, the Supreme Court (being the highest Court in England & Wales) is due consider the wife's appeal against the Court of Appeal judgment in the divorce case of Owens v Owens. The case made headline news last year as a result of both the High Court and the Court of

David Hodson OBE partner of iFLG will present to European Parliament on “Brexit and Family Law”

by Madeleine Gordon / 15 May, 2018

On May 16th 2018 The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) co-founder and partner, David Hodson, will speak at an event in the European Parliament on “Brexit and Family Law”. He has been invited by the Law Society to be one of the four UK practitioners.

Marriage vs Cohabitation; Financial and legal consequences upon separation in England

by Lucy Greenwood / 30 Apr, 2018

Lucy Greenwood, Partner at The International Family Law Group LLP (IFLG) sets out some of significant and commonly misunderstood differences in the financial legal rights of married and unmarried couples.

Non-disclosure and breach of Court Orders: How an 83 year old millionaire of ‘good character’ ended up in prison

by Michael Allum / 26 Apr, 2018

A family court can sentence someone to prison for contempt of court.  This can occur where there has been wilful disrespect of legal authorities or where a party has failed to comply with a court order.

The Supreme Court of Canada provides crucial and long awaited guidance on determining a child’s habitual residence

by Helen Blackburn / 24 Apr, 2018

On Friday (20 April 2018) the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Office of the Children's Lawyer  v.

Court of Appeal reinforces focus on the children's needs, not source of risk, in Art 13(b) 1980 Hague Convention

by Marianna Michaelides / 18 Apr, 2018

On 27 March 2018 Lord Justice Moylan and Lord Justice Peter Jackson handed down judgment in Re W [2018] EWCA Civ 664. It said in its first paragraph that case was “unusual” because as a consequence of immigration difficulties, the mother was willing to return with the children, but may be unable to do so due to having no right to re-enter the USA.  The father would also experience difficulty re-entering the USA if he left to visit the children.

The mother appealed an order that their children should be returned to the USA in accordance with the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention (potentially) without her.  

The appeal was allowed and the order that provided for the return of the children to the USA, without the Respondent mother in the event of her visa application being refused, was discharged.

Lanzarote Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse published

by Marianna Michaelides / 17 Apr, 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published the text of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children a

Mother facing extradition from Canada for alleged child abduction

by Helen Blackburn / 17 Apr, 2018

Various news outlets in Canada have reported that a Mother of two children (now aged 14 and 16) is facing the prospect of being extradited to the UK to face criminal charges of child abduction following the decision of a British Columbian Supreme Court Justice on Thursday 5 April.

Australia ends requirement to file exhibits at the family court: should England and Wales follow suit?

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 04 Apr, 2018

A recent change in the rules of the family court in Australia ends the requirement for exhibits both generally and specifically to be filed at the court.  Should England be following suit?  They take up a huge amount of space in the paperwork at the court office.  They are often duplicated in the bundle which is filed the court for any hearing.  Many of them are never looked at again after filing.  This article looks at what could be procedural reform in England.

New Practice Guidance Issued by the President - Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings

by Marianna Michaelides / 23 Mar, 2018

On 13 March 2018, a new practice direction was issued by the President concerning Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings.

 A Practice Direction tells anyone involved in judicial proceedings how to manage the case and interpret the Court rules.

iFLG hosts the International Family Law Conference 2018

by Madeleine Gordon / 23 Mar, 2018

The International Family Law Group LLP and Anthony Gold Solicitors hosted the International Family Law Conference 18 yesterday (22nd March 2018) at De Vere Holborn Bars in the heart of London’s legal district.

Brexit and child relocation

by Richard Kwan / 19 Mar, 2018

The UK's decision to leave the European Union sent nervous tremors amongst the millions of EU nationals who currently call the UK their home. Some are comforted by the government's assurances that those currently living in the UK may stay after it withdraws from the EU on 29 March 2019, but for many the ongoing negotiations between London and Brussels casts a grey cloud over their immigration status.

In the matter of C (Children), [2018] UKSC 8;

by Ann Thomas / 16 Mar, 2018