European Court of Justice considers jurisdiction in divorce

February 21, 2017 0 comments

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

family law

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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Woman ‘missing’ following Tunisia divorce trip

July 22, 2016 0 comments

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A British woman’s family is worried about her safety after she went missing in Tunisia. The mother of two from Lancing in West Sussex travelled to the North African nation in order to participate in divorce proceedings from her estranged husband. The couple met in Tunisia in 2014 while she was on a holiday following…

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Domicile and expat divorce

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July 13, 2016 3 comments

Divorce & Splitting Up

In this new extract from her book ‘Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer’, Marilyn explains the concept of domicile and how it relates to divorce amongst expatriates. Domicile is a peculiar concept and found only in England. You are born with a “domicile of origin”, which you inherit from your father….

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EU announces new marital property regulation

June 21, 2016 0 comments

family law

The Council of the European Union has announced a new multi-country regulation on the distribution of marital assets following divorce. If passed, the new regulation would implement “enhanced cooperation on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes”. To date, 18 member states have expressed a willingness…

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Russian oligarch fights wife over £10bn fortune

June 20, 2016 3 comments

family law

The former wife of a Russian oligarch is fighting for half of his £10 billion fortune in their divorce. Now living in London, the wife has rejected an offer of £32 million and is taking her case to the Russian Supreme Court for a larger share of her husband’s substantial wealth. She claims that he…

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Marilyn Stowe talks: EU law and the race for jurisdiction

June 20, 2016 1 comment

family law

So finally the big week is here. On Thursday we will all have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to vote on a topic that has been a source of lingering tension and rumbling rows in British politics for decades: our membership of the European Union. It is an odd, uncertain time, with campaigners handing out leaflets on…

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International relocation, divorce and pensions

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June 9, 2016 0 comments

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If you are planning to move abroad, no one ever thinks the worst will really happen to them. The family have an exciting opportunity to move to another country with perhaps better opportunities and better prospects for the children. But the possibility of divorce is not considered in the detail it deserves. In all the excitement, why would it?…

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