Family Law Blog

21 March 2019

Pensions, divorce and the impact of Brexit

As if there wasn’t enough to think about in advance of ‘Brexit day’, spouses with English pensions who are divorcing or have recently divorced abroad must take a moment to consider the potential impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on their ability to share such pensions.  

Sarah Dodds

1 February 2019

Using a formula for spousal maintenance - does it add up?

When it comes to determining spousal maintenance - should we have a system which delivers an outcome that is certain or one which is discretionary? This was the topic of a lively debate hosted by the Kingsley Napley family team  with a panel of speakers that included esteemed family law judges and QCs. Context was provided by Baroness Deech’s Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill which, at the time of the debate was at committee stage in the House of Lords (it is now at 2nd reading stage in the House of Commons).

Sean O'Beirne

29 January 2019

Dubai: The enforcement of orders made in family proceedings and the role of Interpol

Last year, a report from Dubai spoke of the attempts by a mother to recover her daughter, apparently kidnapped by the child’s father and taken to Russia.  The mother had been awarded custody in the Personal Status Court (PSC) of Dubai in circumstances where an extradition request had been made against her by the Russian authorities.

Michael Rowlands

21 January 2019

Brexit and the race to divorce courts

As 29 March 2019 approaches and the prospect of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit looms, an increasing number of European clients living in England are asking if they should issue divorce proceedings in England now to try and secure the English jurisdiction before Brexit. We have seen this trend since the Referendum on 23 June 2016.

Charlotte Bradley

17 January 2019

New Year’s resolutions for unmarried couples: make Wills, get married, better still, do both?

Over the years, I’ve encountered many couples in a relationship spanning 20 years or more, often with children together, who have never married nor have any intention of doing so. When challenged as to reasons for not marrying, there’s rarely expressed any aversion to marriage in principle. It’s just, “We’re happy as we are; we don’t need a piece of paper to prove the strength of our relationship”.

Jim Sawer

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