Germany v England: another forum shopping case

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July 16, 2018 0 comments

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Another week, another ‘forum shopping’ case. Another week, another ‘forum shopping’ case. Only last week I wrote here about the Mantegazza case, in which a wife failed to persuade the English court that her divorce should be heard in this country. Now comes the case Thum v Thum, which again concerned a wife seeking to…

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MEPs consider children in international divorce cases

January 23, 2018 1 comment

child abduction

The European Parliament has proposed that experienced family law judges be given responsibility for dealing with cases involving child abduction between member states. This would help to ensure the process of recovery remains focused on the best interests of the child, MEPs believe. In addition, they suggest, children should be given a greater say in…

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Divorce: Spain versus England by Christopher Lee

January 9, 2018 1 comment

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Clients may have a choice of where to divorce.  Here we examine some of the very different procedures and possible outcomes that may arise if a couple has the right to divorce both in Spain and England or Wales (which, for simplicity, we’ll refer to here simply as ‘England’). London is (in)famously billed as “the…

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Singapore couple face expensive divorce in Canada

June 27, 2017 0 comments

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A couple born and raised in Singapore have begun divorce proceedings in Canada which involves assets of around C$50 million (£29.67 million). The pair met in their home country in 1984 while they were both still married to other people. By 1997, they had divorced their previous spouses, married and had a child of their…

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Alternative international family law scheme unveiled

June 5, 2017 0 comments

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An alternative to litigation over the correct venue for international family disputes has been unveiled in the US. Developed by lawyers Patrick Parkinson and David Hodson, the International Family Law Arbitration Scheme (IFLAS) is designed to help families involved in multinational disputes choose the correct national jurisdiction, or ‘forum’, for the resolution of their case….

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European Court of Justice considers jurisdiction in divorce

February 21, 2017 1 comment

children and divorce

A complex divorce dispute involving several countries was referred to the European Court of Justice for a ruling on jurisdiction. W v X concerned multinational parents. The father, ‘W’, was from Lithuania while the mother, ‘X’, was from the Netherlands but with also had family connections to Argentina. The couple married in the United States…

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Billionaire divorce leads to privacy battle

September 24, 2016 0 comments

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A foreign billionaire’s divorce has become the focus of a privacy battle in the High Court. The man is reportedly a prominent political figure in his home country while his wife was described in court documents as a socialite. They have several properties in the UK which are apparently worth tens of millions but they…

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