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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:

Family law leaves the EU: the law on 1 January 2021

Partner David Hodson OBE MCIArb, summarises the law from January 2021 when EU laws will no longer apply in new cases. Second in his series of 3 articles on family law and EU exit.

Financial remedy consent order applications: mandation of online applications

With mandatory online applications coming into effect on 24 August 2020, Partner Stuart Clark shares his insight into the new processes and HMCTS's work in digitising services.

Read the full article as published by the Law Society here

Only four months left to obtain English pension sharing orders from abroad

Authors Michael Allum and David Hodson OBE MCIArb.

At the moment a couple living and divorcing abroad but with a UK pension can share that pension.  But not necessarily from 1 January 2021.  This summary article acts as an important reminder to practitioners and individuals dealing with these issues to take urgent steps to obtain orders before the end of 2020. 

Family law leaves the EU: the conjunctive or disjunctive interpretation resolved by EU guidance

David Hodson covers the helpful guidance given by the EU last week to resolve differences of interpretation, which has a vital importance for practitioners in their work this autumn and winter in EU cross-border cases.

The UK and the EU co-working for the benefit of the family law community: A New Hope?

David Hodson explores areas where, post Brexit and with the differences behind them of continued membership, the UK and the EU should work together collaboratively for the benefit of international families and to further International family Law. 

This is a work in progress and has been shared with government and with lawyers internationally to prompt discussion and debate.

Supreme Court Judgment in Villiers paves the way for English Maintenance Claims alongside a Scottish divorce

On 1 July 2020, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the matter of Villiers. The appeal, which was brought by the husband, centered on whether the English court has jurisdiction to make a maintenance order under section 27 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 in circumstances where the divorce between the parties took place in Scotland. We unpack the nature of the judgment and its wider ramifications in this article.

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.

Practical Guidance for Dealing with Foreign Assets in National Cases

Partners Lucy Loizou and Michael Allum consider the ever-increasing international movement of people and families, a significant portion of financial cases in the family courts of England and Wales now involved assets located overseas. 

Should Cryptocurrency be part of my Divorce Settlement?

Cryptocurrency, though used by only a small part of the general population, is increasingly subject to litigation as its use becomes more widespread and it starts to figure in disputes, both commercial and personal. 

An increasing number of divorce cases feature cryptocurrency so it is more important than ever for the couple divorcing and their lawyers to be clear on the status of cryptocurrency and how it should be treated within a divorce case. 

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