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, […]

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 […]

Divorcing in the EU

In order to support the free movement of citizens within the EU, it is necessary for laws to be enacted by the EU to give certainty of outcome and to allow decisions of one EU Court to be recognised and enforced in another. One such law is Brussells II bis which governs jurisdiction for divorce […]

Expat Divorce

The recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of Mittal has provided much needed clarification on the powers of the English Court to stop divorce proceedings in favour of proceedings outside of the EU. It has long been the position that if divorce proceedings are issued first in England then those proceedings cannot be […]