Anglo French Family Law

21 December 2015

Il était une fois… Deux villes – les différences en matière de divulgation patrimoniale dans les dossiers de divorces en France et en Angleterre

Les récentes décisions prises dans les affaires de divorce « Sharland » et « Gohil » par la Cour Suprême de Londres en octobre 2015 montrent qu’il existe de larges différences de pouvoirs entre l’Angleterre et la France en matière de divulgation patrimoniale.

9 December 2015

A tale of two cities – the differences in financial disclosure in divorce cases whether filing in London or Paris

The recent divorce cases of Sharland and Gohil, which were decided in the Supreme Court in London in October 2015, demonstrate the significant differences in financial disclosure powers between England and France.

23 July 2015

French marriage contracts versus English prenups – mind the gaps

If you are a French national living overseas who is going through a divorce, you may expect to be able to rely on the content of your French marriage contract (“contrat de mariage”) to determine the way your assets will be divided between you and your spouse. However, you cannot rely on this assumption, especially if you are divorcing in England. 

21 July 2014

International divorce – do you need to divorce in the same country you were married?

Our clients frequently come to us with the understanding that where they marry is relevant to where they will get divorced. They assume there is a connection to that place and that there is no choice therefore as to where they might get divorced. These assumptions are wrong and an already complex picture is even more confusing for international couples when it comes to pre-nuptial agreements.

25 April 2014

Cross border pre-nuptial agreements - the great divide

The Law Commission’s February reforms, outlining measures to make it easier for separating couples to manage their financial affairs,  recommended that the law should give greater recognition to
private ‘qualifying’ pre-nuptial agreements, which have been growing in popularity despite the fact that they are not currently legally binding. That’s all well and good for English agreements for English couples,
who will benefit from greater economic certainty and protection against the discretionary powers of the English courts should their marriage breakdown — statistically a one-in-three chance.

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