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Another voice in the Marinos/Munro debate (Pierburg v Pierburg)

by Stuart Clark / 30 Apr, 2019

Stuart Clark, partner at the International Family Law Group LLP, considers the judgment of Moor J in Pierburg v Pierburg in the context of the ongoing debate as to jurisdiction for divorce in England and Wales, where habitual residence is based on indents 5 and 6 of Article 3 of Brussels II bis.

What is an Ecclesiastical Divorce and do I need one?

by Lucy Loizou / 29 Apr, 2019

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.

Paying for Privacy?

by Stuart Clark / 12 Apr, 2019

Stuart Clark, Partner at The International Family Law Group LLP examines a recent Court of Appeal decision on privacy in family law cases and asks whether in practice anonymity is the preserve of only the very wealthy.

No-fault divorce proposals: Support in principle but anxieties in practice

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 12 Apr, 2019

On Tuesday, 9 April 2019, the government announced the intention for dramatic reform of the divorce law of England and Wales, to produce a no-fault basis.  This was introduced but never implemented by Parliament in 1996.  It is desperately overdue and supported by all family lawyers.  Nevertheless beyond this headline, there are many concerns about how the process will work in practice.  So often it’s the practice rather than the law which affects people and perceptions.  This note sets out some of these initial concerns.  In particular there seems little active opportunity for prospects of reconciliation or mediation.  References to periods of reflection are thoroughly misleading and probably a sop to objectors of this reform.

High Court Judge urges parties to consider Arbitration in Family Proceedings

by Emma Nash / 11 Apr, 2019

In CM v CM [2019] EWFC 16, Mr Justice Moor made a short but punchy judgment after hearing cross applications involving a dispute about the wording of a letter to a single joint expert in financial remedy proceedings.

The Powers of the High Court in implementing a Child Abduction Summary Return: Re W [2019]

by Marianna Michaelides / 08 Apr, 2019

On 22 February 2019 Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles handed down judgment in Re W (Children) (Abduction: Implementation of Return Order) [2019] EWHC 357 (Fam); She determined that the High Court did not have jurisdiction to order the mother to apply for a B1/B2 visa to return to the