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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.

High Court Judge urges parties to consider Arbitration in Family Proceedings

In CM v CM [2019] EWFC 16, Mr Justice Moor made a short but punchy judgment after hearing cross applications involving a dispute about the wording of a letter to a single joint expert in financial remedy proceedings.

Moor J had made an order at the First Appointment for an independent accountant to answer six questions about a family business. These were:

Winning the race to the divorce court by coming second: CJEU delivers surprising lis pendens judgment

Within EU family law where more than one EU member state has a connection, forum is decided only on who is the first party to lodge proceedings. A recent CJEU judgment however found that a divorce pronounced in the country second seized takes effect even overriding the proceedings in the country first seized with the proceedings. This article examines the case:

The International Family Law Group LLP is again ranked leader in its field for mediation services.

iFLG has once again been ranked highly for Mediation in this year’s Legal 500.

David Hodson OBE MICArb is a mediator and arbitrator in finance work and is described as ‘very capable of ensuring that clients will arrive at a very clear, detailed and workable settlement’. He is known for his ‘tenacity and his very strong knowledge of the law’.

iFLG partner David Hodson becomes one of the first Fellows of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution

David Hodson OBE, MCIArb, partner and co-founder of The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG), has been invited to become one of the first Fellows of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR).

Commentary on the House of Commons Justice Committee Report on implications of Brexit for the justice system



It’s a ‘Pitty’ about Brangelina: Privacy in an A-List World

News of the breakdown of the marriage of America’s sweethearts - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - has sent shockwaves across the world. Since the announcement of their separation there has been a media frenzy.