Brexit – An International Divorce?

The triggering of article 50 by the UK (whereby Britain will leave the EU) is going to lead to chaos in international divorce cases. At the moment, there is automatic recognition of divorce and custody orders, certainty in terms of jurisdiction and EU wide enforcement of maintenance orders. In the absence of new conventions / […]

Brexit – what does this mean for international divorces?

No-one knows for certain what will happen in international divorce cases when the UK leaves the EU – Theresa May has suggested in the last few days that all EU laws will be incorporated into UK domestic legislation but this is unlikely to benefit UK citizens in international divorce cases unless there are reciprocal rights, […]

Expat Divorce

A recent case involving a British Expat and an Ethiopian national has underlined the risks of dealing with an international case without having expert support. The British husband who was based in Indonesia issued divorce proceedings in England on the basis of his sole domicile, (presumably) believing that this would be straightforward and not expose […]

Divorce in Italy now possible in 6 months

Italy’s House of Representatives has given final approval to its “fast-track divorce law”, cutting the time it takes to get divorced in the country from three years to just six months in an uncontested case (or to one year if the divorce is defended). The change in the law, amending Article 3 of the Divorce […]

Property rights and international divorce

The recent Anglo-French case of Y v Y highlights the importance of seeking legal advice before moving countries – particularly from a country where a marriage contract is determinative. The English Court continues to grapple with the extent to which such marriage contracts should be binding on it. Whilst it seems clear that the Court […]