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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:

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.

International Forum on Online Courts London, December 2018: an international family lawyer’s perspective

Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb, Partner, The International Family Law Group, provides a family lawyer’s perspective of the matters arising at the inaugural International Forum on Online Courts.

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:

iFLG partners take part in webinar on financial relief after an overseas divorce

iFLG partners David Hodson OBE and Michael Allum were delighted to record a webinar for Lexis Nexis, as part of thier 'Family Law Series', on financial relief after an overseas divorce pursuant to Part III of the MFPA 1984.  The one-hour webinar covers a wide range of issues including the background to the legislation, the leading decision from the Supreme Court, practical tips and recent case law.  It is available from Lexis Nexis from 29 November 2018. 

Do the UAE Visa changes really help divorcees?

When I read the news that UAE visa rules for divorcees were changing as from Sunday, 21 October 2018, I was tentatively and cautiously hopeful. 

With around an estimated 7.5 million expatriates residing in the UAE and divorce rates quite high within those communities this news could be very welcome to any separated or already divorcing expatriate couples living in the Emirates.

According to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, UAE:

EU Matrimonial Property Regime Regulation

New EU family law comes into force on 29 January 2019 in respect of 19 member states.  It provides for agreements to be reached for married couples, and registered partners in an ancillary Regulation, to be registered and enforceable on either divorce or death regarding their marital property.  It is based very much on civil law principles and on any basis is acknowledged by EU lawyers, notaries and policymakers as complicated.  Even before the referendum, the UK had opted out but it will still be important for UK practitioners to have some knowledge of this EU law.  This note follows the writer’s attendance at the ERA annual family law update conference at Trier, Germany.  It does not purport to be an extensive analysis of the legislation.

Issues of Gender Discrimination in the context of international divorce

It can be exciting and romantic to move to a new country for your partner, but a loss of work opportunities and self-esteem can follow. Relationships can become strained and the inequality of your relationship can become even more apparent…

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