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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:

Three iflg partners feature in LEXIS-NEXIS training videos

Tuesday 1st October 2019, David Hodson, Stuart Clark and Michael Allum, partners at iFLG recorded web seminars at LEXIS-NEXIS Studios in London, which will be broadcast in November.

Preserve your inter-generational wealth

The preservation and protection of inter-generational family wealth is often high on the agenda for the families who have generated that wealth as well as the financial professionals and lawyers who advise them. When a relationship breaks down and divorce becomes a reality, this issue becomes even more prominent but by then it is sometimes too late to take steps to protect the assets that may have been built up over many generations.

Further update on online court reform bill

In May 2019, The International Family Law Group LLP was delighted to see the introduction of the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill in the House of Lords. The Bill promises to provide a legislative framework for more court proceedings to be conducted by electronic means.

International Res Judicata: Should Australian family law provide a second bite of the cherry when the first bite abroad was unfair or inadequate?

At the 17th Australian Family Lawyers' Conference in Fiji, David Hodson presented a paper, written with Michael Allum with considerable assistance from Sarah Basso as an Australian lawyer, giving a global overview of the circumstances in which some countries will grant financial provision even though a divorce and financial order has already been made in another country.  It asks whether the law should exist in other countries.

A way with words: The language of family law

The words we use are important. This is especially so in the world of family law.

The interpretation and meaning attributed to certain words can influence the outcome of a specific case as well as how the law is understood by the public and implemented generally by the judiciary.

Lucy Loizou speaks at Wealth Management Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus

Lucy Loizou, Partner in The International Family Law Group LLP was one of the speakers at the annual Wealth Management Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus on Thursday 30th May.   

The event brought together over 250 lead professionals in the wealth management/High Net Worth commercial sector.

Rumour has it Adele should have signed a pre-nuptial agreement (if she didn't)

Recently, news has emerged to suggest that the singer Adele and her husband had not signed a pre-nuptial agreement before they married and that they now reside in California (which like England is a State in the US known for its generous awards upon divorce). This serves as yet another salient reminder for couples who plan to marry, and who have a significant imbalance in personal or family wealth, to consider the impact of marriage on their respective legal rights.

No-fault divorce proposals: Support in principle but anxieties in practice

On Tuesday, 9 April 2019, the government announced the intention for dramatic reform of the divorce law of England and Wales, to produce a no-fault basis.  This was introduced but never implemented by Parliament in 1996.  It is desperately overdue and supported by all family lawyers.  Nevertheless beyond this headline, there are many concerns about how the process will work in practice.  So often it’s the practice rather than the law which affects people and perceptions.  This note sets out some of these initial concerns.  In particular there seems little active opportunity for prospects of reconciliation or mediation.  References to periods of reflection are thoroughly misleading and probably a sop to objectors of this reform.

Paying for Privacy?

Stuart Clark, Partner at The International Family Law Group LLP examines a recent Court of Appeal decision on privacy in family law cases and asks whether in practice anonymity is the preserve of only the very wealthy.

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