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New legislation set to enable even more people to benefit from online court reform

Yesterday, 1 May 2019, the House of Lords announced new legislation that will make it even easier for court users to apply for a divorce online.

The Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill will establish a committee chaired by a member of the judiciary and tasked with developing and simplifying the rules around online services in civil, family and tribunal proceedings.

What is an Ecclesiastical Divorce and do I need one?

Lucy Loizou, a Partner at the firm, regularly assists individuals and foreign professionals with divorce and financial cases that contain Greek and/or Cypriot elements.

It is not uncommon for a Greek/Cypriot couple to marry in a Greek Orthodox Church. A question that is frequently raised in the event of subsequent divorce in England is whether the Church needs to be notified that the couple are divorcing.

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.

Restrictions on international travel if child support in arrears

In some countries (for example, in certain states in America) your ability to travel and obtain a passport can be restricted or temporarily removed if you fail to make payment of child maintenance over a set amount.  In late 2018, changes were made to child support legislation in England (the insertion of s39B to 39G of the Child Support Act 1991) which means that your ability to travel may be impacted in a similar fashion if you fail to pay child maintenance. 

How will a 'no-deal Brexit' affect you?

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New Practice Direction signals further step forward for online divorce (although practitioners will need to wait a bit longer to take part in the pilot)

As we discussed in our previous article, online divorce became available to litigants in person in England in May 2018 and then to selected piloting firms in July 2018.

David Hodson to run a new Masters Module in International Family Law at The University of Queensland

The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) is pleased to announce that partner and co-founder Prof David Hodson OBE MICArb has been invited to run an International Family Law module on a Masters degree course in Current Issues in International Law (Private) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

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. 

Family Law in the EU draft Withdrawal Agreement

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