‘De-risking’ and financial exclusion
The question of whether to seek a divorce is one over which many people agonise. However, for divorcing couples with international connections, the associated questions of when and in which country to get divorced are also extremely important considerations, and ones which can have serious repercussions for the outcome.
A recent England and Wales High Court case highlights the need to establish connection, particularly where forum shopping is alleged.
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.
Momentum va se réunir pour l’introduction du divorce sans faute en Angleterre, avec un nombre de personnalités du secteur juridique venant soutenir les rangs. La semaine dernière, The Times a aussi lancé sa campagne ‘Family Matters’. Il en résulte que l’un des domaines nécessitant d’être réformé est le divorce pour faute. Il semble évident que la charge, inutile, dans la plupart des cas, d’établir qu’une des personnes commet une faute, devrait être allégée, bien que l’on ne sache pas encore quand.
Momentum is gathering for the introduction of no-fault divorce in England, with a number of senior individuals in the legal industry adding their voices to the ranks. Last week, the Times also launched their ‘Family Matters’ campaign, in which one area singled out in need for reform was that of fault-based divorce. It seems inevitable that the unnecessary burden of being obliged in the majority of cases to state that someone is at fault will be alleviated at some point, although how soon remains to be seen. Among the French family lawyers, however, these recent developments may be viewed with bemusement.
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