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Family law leaves the EU: Still relying on EU laws after all those years

David Hodson OBE MCIArb in his third article on family law leaving the EU looks at transitional arrangements.  It will be possible to rely on EU laws for very many years to come but take action before 31 December 2020.!

iFLG recognised once again as a 'Leading Firm' in The Legal 500 2021 rankings

We are delighted to announce that we have again been recognised as a Leading Firm in Family Law in The Legal 500 2021.

Quickfire HNW Divorce: Hot Topics in Finances & Children

The iFLG team, chaired by David Hodson OBE MCIArb participated in a live virtual conference called 'Quickfire HNW Divorce: Hot Topics in Finances & Children' on 24 September 2020, hosted by ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce.

AS v CPW [2020] EWHC 1238: The Court retrospectively grants a time limited relocation of a child wrongly removed to, and retained in Sierra Leone

In short, the case concerns three children but the judgement largely deals with the eldest child, B, a 14-year-old boy who was wrongly removed and retained by the mother in Sierra Leone. The younger two children remain in England with the mother. The father applied in wardship for a summary inward return order for B. Ten months ago, the mother took B to Sierra Leone and left him there with her mother (who is highlighted in the case, to be a police officer in Sierra Leone).

Child abduction during the Coronavirus Pandemic

In Re N (A child) [2020] EWFC 35 the High Court was asked to consider whether judicial delays abroad caused by COVID-19 was a reason to depart from the general practice recommended in the decision in Re S (A Child) (Abduction: Hague Convention) [2018] 4 WLR 108, namely that the court should defer making its own return order until an application under the 1980 Hague Convention has been determined in the other member state.

Child Abduction: is risk of contracting COVID-19 an Art 13 (b) defence to Child Abduction?

Ann Thomas Managing Partner and Paralegal April Buxton summarise this case thought to be the first of many where COVID-19 is used as a justification in law.

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.

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