Teen brothers to live with wealthy father in Switzerland

October 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

The teenage sons of a wealthy Russian industrialist should be allowed to move to Switzerland to live with him despite their mother’s reluctance, the High Court has ruled. The boys in question were aged 15 and 13. Unsurprisingly their mother, with whom they’d been living, opposed the idea of the brothers moving to Switzerland. In…

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Six year-old ‘should be returned to Northern Cyprus’

February 17, 2017 2 comments

children and divorce

A six year-old boy should be returned to Northern Cyprus, the High Court has ruled, despite an acrimonious relationship between his parents. In D v D, the father had applied for the boy’s  return, against the opposition of the mother. The parents married on the Mediterranean island in 2009 and the boy, ‘D’, was born…

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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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Cypriot politicians criticise divorce delays

April 7, 2016 0 comments

divorce

Cypriot MPs have launched an renewed effort to create a divorce mediation service on the Mediterranean island. The Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives in Nicosia began hearings in December on the problems associated with the rising divorce rate on Cyprus, which has now reached 800 to 1000 per year. The actual number…

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Cyprus legalises gay and straight civil partnerships

December 1, 2015 0 comments

family law

The Cypriot parliament has legalised civil partnerships for straight couples as well as gay ones. The new legislation grants many of the same rights as married couples enjoy without a religious or formal ceremony. The focus of the proposed legislation was originally on cohabitation but the ‘Cohabitation Agreement Law’ was amended and renamed during parliamentary…

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Court ends freezing injunction against wife and son

October 20, 2015 0 comments

family law

The High Court has ruled that an injunction which prevented a property investor’s wife and son from running a business cannot continue. Last June, the Cypriot businessman’s wife sought to end their marriage after 34 years. The couple, now in their sixties, had two sons. Prior to the breakdown of their relationship, the wife and…

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Wife of Russian oligarch awarded half his fortune

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May 20, 2014 0 comments

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The wife of a Russian billionaire has been awarded half his fortune by a Swiss court. The Geneva Tribunal of First Instance has ordered Dmity Rybolovlev to pay his ex-wife Elena more than 4bn Swiss francs (£2.6bn). The settlement includes property in Switzerland, antique furniture, jewellery, and a  share of substantial assets transferred to Cypriot…

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