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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’80 per cent of women still take husband’s name’

April 3, 2016 1 comment

family life

Over 80 per cent of women still take their husband’s surname, an Australian academic has claimed. Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes is Head of Women’s Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Speaking to ABC Adelaide, she said the tradition of a woman taking a husband’s surname reflected a longstanding cultural belief that women were the property…

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Greece approves civil unions for gay couples

January 5, 2016 0 comments

family law

The Greek government has passed a law which allows gay couples to enter ‘civil unions’ already open to unmarried straight couples. The country’s parliament voted in favour of the new measure by a margin of 193 to 56, despite sustained opposition from the Greek Orthodox Church. Gay couples will gain inheritance and property rights but…

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Greece joins Rome III Regulation on divorce law

August 5, 2015 0 comments

Greece, family law

Greece has become the 16th member of the Rome III Regulation, an EU legislation which determines which country’s law should be used in cross-border divorce cases. Rome III was passed by the EU Council in 2010.  Its original signatories include France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Belgium.  Greece withdrew support during its creation. The regulation aims to ease divorce procedure for couples…

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Power of attorney stripped from arguing siblings

May 1, 2015 0 comments

Greece, family law

Two siblings have been stripped of responsibility for their elderly mother by the Court of Protection. In Re EL(revoking a Lasting Power of Attorney), the siblings’ 91 year-old Greek mother had inherited a property in Athens from her parents which she still owns and rents out. Aside from that, she was reported to have various…

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A question of jurisdiction by John Bolch

January 29, 2014 3 comments

family life

The issue of which country’s courts have jurisdiction to deal with divorce has cropped up several times over the last few days. With more ‘international’ couples and more and more movement between countries taking place, arguments over which country’s courts should handle divorce proceedings have also increased in frequency. This is especially an issue where…

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Couple fined for taking children on holiday during term

January 20, 2014 7 comments

child neglect

A husband and wife from Telford have been fined more than £600 after taking their children on holiday during term time. Stewart and Natasha Sutherland took their three children on a week-long holiday to Greek island of Rhodes in September, without authorisation from their headteachers. When they returned they also declined to pay a £360…

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