Singapore couple face expensive divorce in Canada

June 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

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

family law

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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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 life

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

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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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