International Family Law

6 April 2021

Compensated surrogacy legalised in New York state

15 February saw the introduction of a new law in New York state which legalises compensated gestational surrogacy arrangements. The Child Parent Security Act (the “Act”) brings in to force a range of provisions which formalise and regulate Surrogacy agreements.

Olivia Stiles

6 January 2021

The legal position of international surrogacy in England and Italy and the recognition of foreign parental orders

Connie Atkinson, Senior Associate at Kingsley Napley, and Veronica Dindo, Solicitor at LawLab studio legale, look at the legal position in England & Wales and Italy and the recognition of foreign orders relating to the birth of children born following a surrogacy arrangement abroad.

Connie Atkinson

31 July 2020

Claiming for maintenance in England when divorcing elsewhere in the EU: Will Brexit close the Villiers loophole?

The Supreme Court recently made clear in Villiers v Villiers [2020] UKSC 30 that divorcing in one EU country does not prevent a party from making a separate claim for maintenance from their spouse in England and Wales. The case therefore demonstrates the possibility of ‘forum shopping’, where a party seeks to bring a financial claim in a jurisdiction (country) that is more convenient or provides a more generous maintenance provision than the jurisdiction in which the divorce is taking place. However, the loophole relies on an application of the EU Maintenance Regulation which will cease to be in force in the UK on 31 December 2020. This blog considers the case of Villiers and how Brexit will affect the current position.

Stacey Nevin

20 April 2020

Moving abroad or returning home with children and the risks of child abduction during the coronavirus crisis

Despite the wonders of modern technology helping to keep people in touch during the coronavirus pandemic, many separated and divorced parents who live far from their children are finding life very difficult at the moment. In this blog, we look at some of these scenarios and the questions arising at this unprecedented time for separated parents who either wish to relocate or stop the other parent from relocating overseas (international relocation) or to another part of the UK (internal relocation).

Rachel Freeman

26 March 2020

Coronavirus et auto-isolement: Que faire lorsque le danger est chez soi

Pour de nombreux d’entre nous, notre maison est un endroit où l’on se sent en sécurité lors de périodes difficiles, de moments de stress et d’incertitude. Mais pour ceux qui sont victimes de violences domestiques, leur maison est souvent un espace de violences, de danger et de peur. Selon les chiffres produits par le gouvernement, il est estimé que 1.6 million de femmes et 786,000 d’hommes en Angleterre et au Pays de Galles ont été victimes de violences domestiques l’année dernière,  un chiffre qui est alarmant. 

Stacey Nevin

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