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International Surrogacy

Our previous posts on the issue of international surrogacy have highlighted the complexities of this subject and the potential pitfalls of which prospective parents need to be aware before entering into a commercial surrogacy agreement overseas. In an attempt to provide guidance and assistance to British Nationals, the foreign and...

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Divorce in Italy now possible in six months

Italy’s House of Representatives has given final approval to its “fast-track divorce law”, cutting the time it takes to get divorced in the country from three years to just six months in an uncontested case (or to one year if the divorce is defended). The change in the law, amending...

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I’ve got my divorce financial settlement order from the court so that’s it, right?

When financial settlement orders are re-opened A divorce financial settlement is made by the court either as a consent order, if the Husband and Wife have agreed the terms, or by an order made at the end of a contested hearing if there is no agreement. These orders are designed...

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Expat Divorce and English pensions

The English Court will not automatically enforce orders made by foreign courts on divorce in relation to English pensions. It is, therefore, important to take advice from an international family law expert before a final order is made in a foreign jurisdiction.

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Property rights and international divorce

The recent Anglo-French case of Y v Y highlights the importance of seeking legal advice before moving countries – particularly from a country where a marriage contract is determinative.

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International Protection from Harassment

On 11 January 2015 a new European Regulation came into force with the aim of providing automatic recognition of measures to protect against violence and harassment (“Protection Measures”) across EU Member States. All EU Member States have adopted the legislation, save for Denmark.

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International Relocation – Wishes and Feelings of the Child

As we live in an increasingly internationally mobile society, family law practitioners are often consulted on the delicate issue of the international relocation of children. Where a child is habitually resident in England and Wales, if one parent with parental responsibility for a child wishes to remove a child from...

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Expat divorce in Ukraine

By Oksana Voynarovska International marriages are not unusual in today’s world. Unfortunately, international marriages, like any other marriage, can end in divorce. Right to divorce in Ukraine Ukraine grants foreign nationals almost the same rights as Ukrainian citizens. This means that foreign nationals have equal rights with Ukrainian citizens to...

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Surrogacy in Ukraine

By Oksana Voynarovska More and more couples all over the world show a high interest in surrogacy as a method of overcoming infertility. However, in most European countries surrogacy is not only severely restricted but, in some cases, even illegal. At the same time, in Ukraine surrogacy is not only...

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Winning The Race Is Not Enough

The stock advice in an international divorce case is to avoid England when acting for the wealthy party. However, issuing proceedings in a foreign country does not necessarily allow the wealthy party to avoid the effect of English law. In the rest of the EU, one of the main considerations...

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