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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:

The Supreme Court says ‘No’ to a Second Bite of the Cherry; Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38

The Supreme Court ruled today in the case of Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38

Imagine you (as a husband or wife) have given a large proportion of your liquid capital to your ex-spouse upon divorce to buy a home mortgage free –they manage their money badly and then come back years later to ask you for an increase in spousal maintenance for the (same) housing needs.

The Government’s Strategy for Child Maintenance Compliance (published 12 July 2018)

With an estimated £2bn of unpaid child maintenance being expected to be written off by The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) it is unsurprising that there continue to be considerable concerns about the effectiveness of the  Child  Maintenance Service (CMS).

Relationship Status and Related Legal Rights

As stated in a recent online article for a national newspaper ‘Statistics show that two thirds of cohabiting couples in England believe that they have automatic rights or the same rights as married couples/couples in a Civil Partnership, simply by virtue of the fact they live together.[1]

Child Support Symposium, Heidelberg June 2017

iFLG Partner, Lucy Greenwood, has been involved in promoting the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on The International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance and The Hague Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations. Lucy first spoke about this topic at The Hague Convention Conference in Hong Kong in 2015.  Following her presentation at that conference, she and others at IFLG have maintained links with various international experts who advise on child support and The Hague Conference (HCCH).

Crucial Developments Concerning Canada

We are delighted to confirm that Canada signed the 1996 Child Protection Convention and the 2007 Child Support (Maintenance) Convention yesterday (23 May 2017) in a ceremony that took place in the Netherlands.   In doing so Canada became the 49th and 37th contracting states to the respective Conventions.  

A Culture of Change: Family Law and Inter-Ethnic Families

We have seen a change in the demography of our society with the increase in families of mixed ethnicities in recent years. Free movement of workers within the EU, coupled with international reciprocal arrangements allowing for the emigration of individuals from many different and varied nations, has created fascinating melting pots of cultures, languages and religions across the UK. It remains to be seen how Brexit will impact this trend.

PRESS RELEASE: Leading International Family Law Firm Launches New Digital Tool To Help Demystify The Law

A London based law firm The International Family Law Group LLP has launched two new, free, Web-Apps to assist individuals involved in family breakdown understand their rights, whatever relationship they may be in, and to help work towards a financial settlement. 

US Signs Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention (Updated)

On 30 August 2016, Barrack Obama, President of the United States, signed the instrument of ratification of the US to the 2007 Hague Child Support and Maintenance Convention.

iFLG sets up Brexit family law helpdesk

The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) have today launched a free Brexit family law helpdesk to provide information for family lawyers here and abroad and those involved in family court proceedings about the impact of Brexit on family law.