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One of iFLG’s aims is to make the law more accessible and easier to understand. We regularly produce information guides (iGuides), articles, podcasts and responses to government papers on all issues surrounding relationship breakdown and children.

We want to keep our clients up to date with the latest developments in family law both in the UK and internationally. We also produce information and practice notes for family lawyers here and around the world.

All our written content is in downloadable pdf formats for you to take away and read anytime you like.

If you would like to know more about any of the issues raised or require further assistance do get in touch with one expert lawyers by emailing or calling 0203 178 5668.

iGuide: A Guide to the Taxation of Spouses on Marriage, and on Separation and Divorce 2018/2019

By David Hodson OBE MICArb

One definition of marriage is the coming together of a man and a woman as "one flesh".  For many years Parliament has recognised this special marital united relationship (and the family unit created as a result) by giving it favourable tax treatment.  During marriage, spouses should take maximum advantage of this special treatment to minimise the overall tax payable by them both.

In this Guide I start with a brief summary of the various UK taxes.  I then describe how spouses are taxed, and the opportunities available during the marriage to reduce the tax bill of the family.  I refer to the major changes introduced in April 1990 of Independent Taxation.  I also mention the taxation of a couple who choose to cohabit rather than marry.  Marriage in this context now includes same-sex marriage

Unregistered marriages – time to register calls for law reform?

By Fatimah Basama

Planning a dream wedding can be hugely stressful at the best of times. At the worst of times, however, the dream can turn to a nightmare for some Muslim women who may later realise that their marriage is not recognised as valid under English law.

What is jurisdiction for divorce in the EU? The contradictory law and practice around Europe

by David Hodson

What is the jurisdiction for divorce in EU countries? This seems a strange question to ask 13 years after the ground-breaking introduction of identical divorce jurisdiction across the entire European Union.

iGuide: Enforcement of Financial Orders in England

iFLG provides guidance on enforcing financial orders through the Courts in England

Arbitration in English law

This briefing note accompanies the launch on 22 February, 2012 of a family law arbitration scheme in England and Wales, of which David Hodson was one of the founders and in the first group of qualified arbitrators. The briefing note looks at the background to the scheme, the many benefits of arbitration and information about the arbitration procedure.

DB v PB: Unfair marital agreements, chaos of EU law and unusual routes to fairness

David Hodson OBE 

Pension sharing in England after a foreign financial settlement

by David Hodson OBE

What is the situation? 

A couple on relationship breakdown abroad reach a financial settlement which involves sharing a pension based in England and Wales, sometimes based in the UK.  It may be pursuant to a foreign court order or a binding financial agreement.

What is the attitude of English pension companies?

The International Family Law Group LLP response to the Consultation of the Family Mediation Council on mediators drafting consent orders

This is our response to the consultation of the Family Mediation Council in respect of mediators drafting consent orders, specifically their consultation paper dated 30 November 2016.

The final decree of divorce: Timing is absolutely everything

by Emma Nash

Q: Why does the timing matter of the application for the final decree of divorce?

A: Because it brings the marriage to an end.

The International Family Law Group LLP response to the Home Office Justice Committee on the implications of Brexit for the justice system

The International Family Law Group LLP response to the Home Office Justice Committee on the implications of Brexit for the justice system

Gender duress in marital agreements: an Australian case study

Marital agreements are not yet part of English cultural life. But undoubtedly family lawyers are now being increasingly asked to draft them. For many of us, our continued anxiety and worry is the pressure put on the financially weaker party, often although not always the wife, to enter into an agreement which is less good than relying on the law. Sometimes it can be very disadvantageous.

High Court recognises foreign adoption from Nepal

The High Court recently handed down judgment formally recognising the status of an adoption that took place in 2008 in Nepal. Mr Justice Macdonald gave judgment following a 5 day hearing in July recognising the foreign adoption of T. A copy of the judgment is available online.

Child Abduction: the Court of Appeal on the Article 13(b) defence

On Tuesday 9 August 2016 the Court of Appeal (comprised of Macur LJ, Beatson LJ and Sales LJ) handed down judgment in the case of Re M (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 942. The first instance judgment of Russell J was reported at DM v KM [2016] EWHC 1282 (Fam).

The Best Interests of the Child in the Cultural Setting

How should the test of the best interests of the child be seen in the context of active support for the child’s cultural heritage and upbringing? What happens if there is any conflict? How much should best interests outcomes be diminished or diluted to encourage cultural connections? 

Financial provision for the children of unmarried couples

When a married couple divorce in England, the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 provides a wide range of financial provision for the spouses.  Where an unmarried couple have a child together, the parent with care may have to seek financial provision for the child under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.  

This article explores the decision in the case of PG v TW (no.2) (Child: financial provision).