It is still uncertain whether the UK will leave the EU at the end of October. If it does, how will this impact on family law, family lawyers and family law clients?
As one of the world’s leading law firms working with international families, The International Family Law Group LLP has prepared a series of videos and articles for guidance.
If there is a deal, it is highly likely that existing EU laws will continue throughout any transition or implementation period, perhaps the end of 2020, and therefore there will be no change in the short term.
If however there is no deal and the UK leaves at e.g. the end of October, existing EU laws will immediately cease to have any effect from midnight on Thursday, 31 October 2019. This will hugely affect cross-border EU cases but also some national cases and non-EU international cases. Since at least summer 2018, the government has been preparing for this no deal possibility with statutory instruments in place and with the UK a signatory in its own right to certain international laws. But it may be wise for certain action to be taken quickly by lawyers before Exit Day. In any event lawyers need to be able to advise their clients on what will be the position after departure.
iFLG has also relaunched its free Brexit family law helpline to provide information for family lawyers here and abroad and those involved in family court proceedings about the impact of Brexit on family law. Please telephone +44 (0) 203 178 5668
Please see below for the good practice guidance, January 2019 and March 2019, to the family law profession by the Law Society and resolution, of which iFLG partner, David Hodson, was a primary author
We have produced a list of informative videos and articles below written by the practice about the impact on leaving the EU