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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:

EU Case Law: iFLG stands up for Access to Justice

In February 2020, the UK government said it would be leaving EU laws on final departure from the EU on 31 December 2020.  But what should be the status of existing case law from the European Court (CJEU)? 
Specifically, which level of courts should be able to depart from it?  There was a consultation over the summer.

Family Law Leaves the EU: A summary guide for practitioners - published today

This new book published today, expains Family Law in leaving the EU. Every practitioner should have a copy.

'Family law leaves the EU: A summary guide for practitioners'

This is a new textbook published today, 20 October 2020, by LEXIS-NEXIS and written by one of the world’s leading family lawyers, Prof David Hodson OBE MCI Arb. 

Child abduction and relocation in a time of pandemic border closures

By Ann Thomas & James Netto

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.

What is a child’s habitual residence? The Court of Appeal reconfirms the correct approach the court should take to determine this issue

Although the concept of habitual residence plays a crucial role worldwide in determining a family court’s jurisdiction regarding children, it is not defined in statutes, international conventions, or treaties in which it features. 

As a consequence, the meaning of the concept and the manner in which a child becomes habitually resident in particular country has been the subject of extensive judicial consideration, here and abroad.

Are all Foreign Adoption orders automatically recognised in this Country?

Not all foreign adoption orders are automatically recognised in this country. Only the following adoption orders are automatically recognised in this country.

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).

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