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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:

Judgment highlights need for reform

The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the matter of R (on the application of Steinfeld and another) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for the International Development (in substitution for the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary) (Respondent) [2017] EWCA Civ 81.

When young love comes to an end; arranging the finances after a short marriage or civil partnership

Stuart Clark, associate solicitor at The International Family Law Group LLP, discusses practical points to consider when separating after a short marriage or civil partnership.

Marriage vs Cohabitation; Financial and legal consequences upon separation in England

Lucy Greenwood, Partner at The International Family Law Group LLP (IFLG) sets out some of significant and commonly misunderstood differences in the financial legal rights of married and unmarried couples.

For these purposes, the term married couples includes couples in Civil Partnerships.

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Relationship Status and Related Legal Rights

As stated in a recent online article for a national newspaper ‘Statistics show that two thirds of cohabiting couples in England believe that they have automatic rights or the same rights as married couples/couples in a Civil Partnership, simply by virtue of the fact they live together.[1]

English civil partnerships may not be recognised abroad

As England debates the future status, role and purpose of civil partnership, its cross-border status should be brought into account. Whilst marriage is almost universally recognised around the world and civil partnership is recognised by those countries with their own civil partnership laws, the legal status of an English civil partnership is not recognised in a number of countries. The civil partners have no different status in law to cohabitants in those countries.  This places them in a real difficulty.  A little-known and surprising piece of law may come to their aid. But should civil partnerships be continued now there is same-sex marriage including in view of the position abroad?  

Polyamorous Relationships: Is three a crowd?

The traditional view of marriage has come into the spotlight again as three men in Columbia have officially recorded that they are living together as a ‘throuple’.

A Culture of Change: Family Law and Inter-Ethnic Families

We have seen a change in the demography of our society with the increase in families of mixed ethnicities in recent years. Free movement of workers within the EU, coupled with international reciprocal arrangements allowing for the emigration of individuals from many different and varied nations, has created fascinating melting pots of cultures, languages and religions across the UK. It remains to be seen how Brexit will impact this trend.

Jurisdiction for divorce for same-sex marriages

 

What should be the necessary connection, jurisdiction, should a country have with a couple in order to deal with a same sex divorce?

Should it be the same for heterosexual divorce? Yes of course as it is all the same concept of marriage and there should be no discrimination.

Law Commission adopts iFLG proposals on law reform for pension sharing after foreign court orders

by David Hodson and Michael Allum 

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