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Preserving and Protecting Financial Assets on Divorce

When going through a divorce it is common to experience the fear of being left penniless by your spouse. This may be because he or she will dispose of assets so that no money is left to divide on divorce or by doing things such as transferring property into someone else's name, emptying bank/investment accounts or recklessly spending.

How October’s drastic Budget changes to Principal Private Residence Relief (PPR) will impact separating couples

The October 2018 budget has brought with it a significant proposed change to the principal private residence relief (‘PPR’) available to homeowners on the disposal of a property.

De Gafforj – Another Missed Opportunity?

On 20 September 2018 the Court of Appeal granted Anne Orenga de Gafforj a Hadkinson Order preventing her husband from pursuing his appeal against the Order of District Judge Hudd of April 2017 unless by 4pm on 8 October 2018 he complied with a Legal Services Payment Order made in her favour.

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.

How to keep your divorce amicable

As a divorce lawyer (specialising in cases with an international connection), I often see how acrimonious divorces can become with cases ending up in Court, and sometimes taking years to conclude. This can be a stressful time for all involved, emotions often run high and sadly children can often become the pawns in the complex game of chess otherwise known as divorce.

iFLG are the first firm in the UK to adopt Artificial Intelligence on-boarding system from Settify.

In brief

The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) is the first firm of solicitors in the United Kingdom to adopt ‘Settify’, an artificial intelligence driven system being used in family law.

iFLG issues first online divorce petition

On 6 August 2018, The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) became the first firm of solicitors to issue an English divorce petition online. The petition was issued, returned and ready for service in less than 24 hours, a very impressive turnaround.

An Anglo-Australian Comparison: Should a spouse have to pay for the excessive spending habits of their spouse after separation?

Sarah Basso, Rachel Roberts and David Hodson of iFLG look at the difference in the approach taken by England and Australia in respect of excessive expenditure by one spouse after separation.

Tax and spousal maintenance obligations for international families: the UK experience of the imminent USA changes

On 31 December 2018 the USA has a significant change in its tax treatment of spousal maintenance, alimony payments.  It is being resisted by many US family lawyers.  Yet the UK made a similar change in 1989 and has been mostly very welcomed.  However, it can still cause problems for international families as highlighted in a recent English High Court case. This article explains the English experience before and after 1989 in order to share with family law practitioners worldwide.