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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:

Diplomatic immunity (again) facing Justice in the Family Courts

A recently decided case has again raised the issue of the position of diplomats before the English family courts, this time in the context of apparent domestic violence to children and local authorities carrying out their statutory duty. 

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).

Recorded Podcast with iFLG, London UK & Nicholes Family Lawyers, Melbourne Australia

Recorded by Partners David Hodson OBE MCIArb and Stuart Clark.

While these current times are certainly difficult, it is truly wonderful that we have been able to come together with Nicholes Family Lawyers and create this Podcast as an informative and valuable tool for those most at risk and vulnerable in our international community due to COVID-19. 

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.

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.

Coronavirus in the Family Law arena

The Coronavirus pandemic has no doubt created fear around the world. With school closures, travel bans and the lockdown of many cities around the world, many of us are left wondering where the safest place for us is to ride out the coming months.

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