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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:

Family law leaves the EU: the law on 1 January 2021

Partner David Hodson OBE MCIArb, summarises the law from January 2021 when EU laws will no longer apply in new cases. Second in his series of 3 articles on family law and EU exit.

Only four months left to obtain English pension sharing orders from abroad

Authors Michael Allum and David Hodson OBE MCIArb.

At the moment a couple living and divorcing abroad but with a UK pension can share that pension.  But not necessarily from 1 January 2021.  This summary article acts as an important reminder to practitioners and individuals dealing with these issues to take urgent steps to obtain orders before the end of 2020. 

Should Cryptocurrency be part of my Divorce Settlement?

Cryptocurrency, though used by only a small part of the general population, is increasingly subject to litigation as its use becomes more widespread and it starts to figure in disputes, both commercial and personal. 

An increasing number of divorce cases feature cryptocurrency so it is more important than ever for the couple divorcing and their lawyers to be clear on the status of cryptocurrency and how it should be treated within a divorce case. 

A stark warning in relation to the Validity of Pre-nuptial Agreements

The very recent case of S v H[1] serves as a stark reminder that there are very strict parameters in which a Court in England and Wales will be willing to consider a pre-nuptial agreement valid and therefore capable of recognition within a financial settlement imposed by the court. 

Love During Lockdown: Cohabitation Rights

This article by Lucy Greenwood and Feriha Tayfur offers some information on legal rights for cohabiting couples following the recent announcement by the UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

How the changes to CGT on property transactions from 6 April 2020 might impact separating or divorcing couples

Despite many significant fiscal measures which the Government is introducing owing to Covid-19, there is no change to the new CGT rules which had already been announced and remain due to be introduced on 6 April 2020.

We look in general terms at the impact the changes to capital gains tax (CGT) on property transactions might have on separating or divorcing couples.

A way with words: The language of family law

The words we use are important. This is especially so in the world of family law.

The interpretation and meaning attributed to certain words can influence the outcome of a specific case as well as how the law is understood by the public and implemented generally by the judiciary.

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.

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.

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