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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 Mita Mistry / 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).

An Introduction to Child Arrangements Orders

by Marianna Michaelides / 21 Dec, 2018

What is a child arrangements order?

Child arrangements orders are court orders that confirm with whom a child is to live and/or spend time (often referred to as “contact”).

The Court of Appeal judgment in Bräck v Bräck: international marital agreements scrutinised by English Court of Appeal

by Michael Allum / 21 Dec, 2018

By Michael Allum, Rachel Roberts and Sarah Basso

What to expect in your first meeting with a family law solicitor

by Michael Allum / 20 Dec, 2018

Booking an initial appointment to see a solicitor can feel like a very daunting experience.

David Hodson to run a new Masters Module in International Family Law at The University of Queensland

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 18 Dec, 2018

The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) is pleased to announce that partner and co-founder Prof David Hodson OBE MICArb has been invited to run an International Family Law module on a Masters degree course in Current Issues in International Law (Private) at the University of Queensland, Bri

The UK government produces family law legislation for no deal on Brexit

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 14 Dec, 2018

The UK government has just published this week a statutory instrument to provide for family law matters in the event of a no deal on leaving the EU.  It will be laid before the House in the next few days.  It has already been discussed by the Scottish executive.  This initial note examines the le

C v C: Applying Waggott to post-separation earnings

by Stuart Clark / 29 Nov, 2018

In C v C [2018] EWHC 3186 (Fam) Mrs Justice Roberts applied the principle confirmed in Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727 to the product

iFLG partners take part in webinar on financial relief after an overseas divorce

by Michael Allum / 23 Nov, 2018

iFLG partners David Hodson OBE and Michael Allum were delighted to record a webinar for Lexis Nexis, as part of thier 'Family Law Series', on financial relief after an overseas divorce pursuant to Part III of the MFPA 1984.  The one-hour webinar covers a wide range of issues including the backgro

The importance of financial disclosure in English divorce proceedings

by Emma Nash / 19 Nov, 2018

Every divorce is different.

Family Law in the EU draft Withdrawal Agreement

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 15 Nov, 2018