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English family law costs all at sea The English media have greatly relished this week reporting on a short leave to appeal hearing in a divorce financial case involving two practising lawyers. They were gleeful in their criticism of the couple who had been married for 10 years and separated in 2008 with, at that time, a property in south-west London worth about £3.2 million and the husband being a partner in a substantial London practice earning almost £500,000 per annum.

The Law Commission speaks to England and Wales - and to the world On Tuesday, 11 September 2012, the English Law Commission produced a consultation paper likely to lead to fundamental reform of financial outcomes on divorce in England and Wales. But although directed to English law in English courts with legislation from the UK Parliament, it has huge significance for family law worldwide. In our separate sovereign jurisdictions, we are no longer islands. Our clients are international families from around the world.

Lessons from Singapore Although for years, even decades, it has been countries such as Australia which have led the way in developments in family law and practice, that role is now also being increasingly adopted by new, developing jurisdictions. In the so-called westernised world, we have a lot to learn and borrow from such countries. I've had the benefit many times of working closely with Singapore lawyers and wrote a year ago on the progress in respect of child abduction.

Divorce tourism Last week, The Times (10 April) ran a front-page story headed "'Divorce tourists' take over the courts".  It compiled statistics about the number of family cases involving an international element and other civil litigation involving people from abroad.  Inevitably it took the opportunity to feature pictures and stories of the rich and famous and glamorous who had taken their cases to the English courts.  Much more seriously, it followed up with an editorial

Plugging the hole of nondisclosure

The Dutch may have found a way of preventing the leaking of assets through non-disclosure. A particular provision in the Dutch Civil Code might have some considerable success in England, which is still reeling from the Imerman decision last summer.

Parenting concerns at a time of separation

At a time of breakdown in the relationship between adults who are also parents, it is too easy for the needs of the children to be overlooked. However children need help too and parents often need help to do their best for their children at such a time.