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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:

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.

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:

iFLG hosts the International Family Law Conference 2019

The International Family Law Group LLP and Anthony Gold Solicitors hosted their second annual International Family Law Conference yesterday (21 March 2019) in London.

The conference brought together specialist family lawyers from iFLG and Anthony Gold, as well as barristers who gave practical and updating insights into highly topical areas of international family law.

Potential implications of Brexit on pension sharing after an overseas divorce

Family analysis: Michael Allum and Stuart Clark, partners at The International Family Law Group LLP, highlight that obtaining effective pension sharing orders which will be recognised and implemented by pension providers in England and Wales after an overseas divorce is already a very complex and difficult area, and will become even more so in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Oh Calderbank: which approach is the fairer of them all? Contrasting the English and Australian positions on costs offers

In the recent Australian decision of Laniga and Carron (No. 2)1 a costs order was made against the husband following the final financial order being more favourable to the wife than various without prejudice offers made by her and rejected by him. In contrast, an English court would have been unable to take the without prejudice offers into account and therefore would have been unable to make costs order on a similar basis.

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