Family Law & Brexit: Any progress?

The UK Parliament continues to debate the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will introduce EU law (including all relevant family law provisions) into domestic legislation at the moment the country leaves in 2019. Although details remain vague at this stage about how this will happen, the Government has indicated that it wishes to maintain a “deep […]

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 / […]

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 […]

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 […]