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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 Importance of Obtaining a Recognised Jewish Get when Jewish Couples Divorce and How the Courts Can Help

Partner Lucy Greenwood & trainee Solicitor Feriha Tayfur look at Jewish divorces ('Get') and potential solutions to family law practitioners and clients who need to ensure that a Jewish client obtains both a civil and religious divorce.

Tackling child contact problems as England emerges from lockdown: Questions and Answers

From 1st June 2020, lockdown in England has considerably eased, with many children returning to schools and families and friends being given the green light to meet in groups of up to six, so long as observing social distancing rules when outside.

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).

Unaccompanied Minors and Airline Surcharges: The Increasing Extra Costs of Long-Distance Contact

Contact issues between parents must be considered on two fronts.

What is the legal effect of Foreign Children Orders in England & Wales

How are foreign orders relating to children dealt with by the Family Court of England & Wales?

This question will be particularly relevant for international families who have moved, or who are contemplating a move, to this country and who have been engaged in children proceedings in their country of origin or another country. The answer will depend on what international arrangement exist between the UK and the country where the order was made.

Family arbitration extended to child relocation disputes - and ideally placed to tackle disputes in a post-COVID-19 world

On 6 April 2020, family arbitration was extended to cover a dispute over the relocation of a child to another country.  Previously family arbitration in respect of children disputes excluded relocation because of the international element.  This important rule change will open up many matters for the benefit of family arbitration, something which is more important than ever in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis for a number of reasons.

A Practical Guide to Co-Parenting during the Coronavirus Crisis

Partner Helen Blackburn and trainee Solicitor Feriha Tayfur offer some practical tips and alternative contact arrangements that may help during the Coronavirus pandemic.

If your child is the subject of a Child Arrangements Order (CAO) made by a family court, you may be concerned about your ability to safely meet the requirements of the order during the Coronavirus Crisis.

The impact of Coronavirus on Family Law: Key Questions Answered

The last month has seen a seismic shift in the way we live our lives: what we eat and how we get that food, how (and if) we can socialise with friends and family, whether we go out to work and even how often we walk the dog. Virtually every aspect of day to day life has altered in some shape or form. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is that family law disputes still need to be dealt with.