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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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Double wedding, Double trouble: Why having two wedding ceremonies can cause problems later

An increasing number of couples have more than one marriage ceremony – one legal and one non-legal.  Perhaps they have a civil ceremony before jetting off to an exotic location for their wedding, or they may have a register office wedding followed or preceded by a religious ceremony. They might marry in the home country of one before having a ceremony in the home country of the other (or even a third country unrelated to either). 

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. 

Recorded Podcast with iFLG, London UK & Nicholes Family Lawyers, Melbourne Australia

Recorded by Partners David Hodson OBE MCIArb and Stuart Clark.

While these current times are certainly difficult, it is truly wonderful that we have been able to come together with Nicholes Family Lawyers and create this Podcast as an informative and valuable tool for those most at risk and vulnerable in our international community due to COVID-19. 

Financial provision after foreign divorce: is it time to reform the leave/permission procedure?

iFLG partner Michael Allum reviews the English family court’s power to make financial orders following foreign divorces (Part III) and asks whether it is time for the leave/permission filter mechanism to be reformed.   

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.

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