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Top Ten Myths in International Family Law

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about international family law issues. Here is our top 10:

The Powers of the High Court in implementing a Child Abduction Summary Return: Re W [2019]

On 22 February 2019 Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles handed down judgment in Re W (Children) (Abduction: Implementation of Return Order) [2019] EWHC 357 (Fam); She determined that the High Court did not have jurisdiction to order the mother to apply for a B1/B2 visa to return to the USA with the parties’ two children. 

iFLG hosts the International Family Law Conference 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.

The conference brought together specialist family lawyers from iFLG and Anthony Gold, as well as barristers who gave practical and updating insights into highly topical areas of international family law.

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

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.

Declaration of Parentage used in Child Abduction Proceedings

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).

The case involves a six year old child, known in proceedings as ‘Naomi’ whose original English birth certificate did not record her birth mother and father but only recorded her mother as being a woman who was in a relationship with her father at the time of her birth.

Is it time for the 1980 Hague Convention to be revised?

The Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“1980 Hague Convention”) is a multilateral treaty developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).  There are currently 99 Contracting Parties to the 1980 Hague Convention and it is often lauded as one of, if not the most, successful international family law initiatives. 

Cuba, Paraguay and The Philippines all accede to Hague conventions

On 12 September 2018, the 125th anniversary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, Cuba, Paraguay and the Philippines each joined Hague Conventions.

The importance of the child’s voice when enforcing orders under the 1996 Hague Convention; F and M [2018] EWHC 2106 (Fam)

Introduction

The Do's and Don’ts when relationships begin to strain abroad

DO’s

DO go and see a specialist international family lawyer in the country where you reside as soon as possible. The meeting is for information gathering and confidential. You will feel empowered by doing so.

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

On Friday (20 April 2018) the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Office of the Children's Lawyer  v. Balev 2018 SCC 16 provided crucial and long awaited guidance on determining a child’s habitual residence.  The Canadian Supreme Court has intentionally harmonized its approach with that of our own court and many others around the world.

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