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How to keep your divorce amicable

As a divorce lawyer (specialising in cases with an international connection), I often see how acrimonious divorces can become with cases ending up in Court, and sometimes taking years to conclude. This can be a stressful time for all involved, emotions often run high and sadly children can often become the pawns in the complex game of chess otherwise known as divorce.

iFLG are the first firm in the UK to adopt Artificial Intelligence on-boarding system from Settify.

In brief

The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) is the first firm of solicitors in the United Kingdom to adopt ‘Settify’, an artificial intelligence driven system being used in family law.

iFLG issues first online divorce petition

On 6 August 2018, The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) became the first firm of solicitors to issue an English divorce petition online. The petition was issued, returned and ready for service in less than 24 hours, a very impressive turnaround.

An Anglo-Australian Comparison: Should a spouse have to pay for the excessive spending habits of their spouse after separation?

Sarah Basso, Rachel Roberts and David Hodson of iFLG look at the difference in the approach taken by England and Australia in respect of excessive expenditure by one spouse after separation.

Tax and spousal maintenance obligations for international families: the UK experience of the imminent USA changes

On 31 December 2018 the USA has a significant change in its tax treatment of spousal maintenance, alimony payments.  It is being resisted by many US family lawyers.  Yet the UK made a similar change in 1989 and has been mostly very welcomed.  However, it can still cause problems for international families as highlighted in a recent English High Court case. This article explains the English experience before and after 1989 in order to share with family law practitioners worldwide.

Reflections on Family Law: What is ‘Family’?

Michael Allum & Emma Chowdhury

The days of the exclusively paper-based family lawyer could be numbered: The International Family Law Group LLP pilots online divorce

The International Family Law Group LLP is excited to be one of just four law firms selected to beta test the Court Services’ online divorce pilot from 31 July 2018.  Though initially only the divorce petition itself, in coming months it will be the entire process from the petition through until decree absolute online via the Court Service portal. 

Financial Consent Orders can now be filed online

On Monday 6th August 2018 the family courts will take another step towards becoming digital.   From that date applications for consent orders in family court financial proceedings can be filed online rather than delivery to a physical court office.  For many law firms increasingly geared towards the digital rather than the paper, this is yet further welcome progress. 

Owens v Owens: Supreme Court dismisses wife’s appeal

The Supreme Court this morning unanimously dismissed Mrs Owens’ appeal in the eagerly awaited judgment in Owens v Owens [2018] UKSC 41.

The case concerns the interpretation of section 1(2)(b) Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 which allows a spouse to obtain a divorce (upon the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage) on the basis that the other party has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.

Background

The Importance of Financial Orders on Divorce

When a marriage ends the Family Court in England & Wales can, under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, make a range of financial orders to divide up assets and ensure that each party has sufficient funds to meet their needs. Many separating couples are able to reach an agreement on how they want to achieve this. This can be done through direct negotiation with each other, solicitor correspondence, mediation or another form of dispute resolution such as arbitration.

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