Family Law Blog

18 July 2017

Brexit - Divorced but still family

Last month, we attended the Brexit Conference organised by the International Association of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and Resolution: “Does Brexit really mean Brexit for Family Law?”.  We were hopeful that the expert panel of speakers would shed light on the unknown darkness of the international family law world post Brexit.  As one of the speakers remarked, the English family lawyer has just about got to grips with the various European Regulations relevant to our practice (primarily Brussels II revised and the Maintenance Regulation) and we are now entering the unknown.  

Claire Wood

19 June 2017

Divorces franco-britanniques ā€“ Faire le bon choix sur oĆ¹ divorcer

En tant que couple français vivant en Angleterre, vous pouvez ne pas savoir que, si votre mariage échoue, vous avez le choix d’engager une procédure de divorce en Angleterre ou en France. De même, un couple anglais résidant en France peut engager une procédure de divorce en France ou en Angleterre. Il est essentiel que vous ayez très rapidement des conseils juridiques car dès que la procédure est lancée dans un pays, vous perdez la faculté de l’engager dans un autre. Nous conseillons régulièrement des clients dans des divorces franco-britanniques sur la possibilité de poursuivre leur divorce en France ou en Angleterre et les avantages et inconvénients de chaque option. Nous savons que le résultat est susceptible d’être meilleur pour une partie en France et pour l’autre partie en Angleterre. La décision d’engager la procédure dans l’un des pays doit être prise rapidement et, en raison de cette urgence, le choix peut être chargé émotivement pour le client.

Claire Wood (Francais)

25 May 2017

Anglo French divorces ā€“ making the right choice about where to divorce

As a French couple living in England, you may not be aware that, if your marriage breaks down, you have a choice to start a divorce process in either England or France. Likewise, an English couple residing in France could start divorce proceedings in France or England. It is crucial that you take early legal advice because as soon as the process is initiated in one country, you lose the ability to start in the other.  We regularly advise clients in Anglo French divorce situations about the potential to have a court process in either England or France and the pros and cons of that choice.  We know that the outcome in France is likely to be better for one party and the outcome in England is better for the other. The decision to start a process in either country has to be taken quickly and the choice for a client can therefore be emotionally fraught because of this time pressure.

Claire Wood

17 May 2017

Building resilience and keeping perspective when divorcing a narcissist

Three years ago, I wrote the blog “The challenges in divorcing a narcissist” in collaboration with Dr Paul Hokemeyer.  My interest was in part a reaction to my clients, who over the years often characterised their spouses as suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), and in part to help me work better with the divorce cases that I consider “the difficult ones”.  Increasingly, I have since found myself representing families where the complexity is not always the resources (i.e. the wealth) or the international dimension but the people who are involved (although it is very often all three at once).

Michael Rowlands

17 May 2017

Brexit - Messy divorce or amicable settlement?

As part of our commentary and sharing of insights on Brexit, we are introducing a series of guest blogs with views and perspectives from other jurisdictions. We are always very keen to know how other countries view the UK's decision to leave the EU and what issues and challenges they believe the UK or indeed their nationals and country may face along the way, with particular reference to their jurisdictions. In this blog of the series, we are welcoming a view from the Netherlands with a blog by Sandra Verburgt, Partner at Delissen Martens and an international family lawyer and mediator. 



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