Family Law

International Divorce – What Is It And How Does It Work?

January 26, 2014

More and more people are moving abroad and pursuing cross-cultural relationships and marriages than ever before, and because of this, the number of international legal disputes concerning families is also on the rise. What happens if your relationship breaks down while overseas? What if you and your partner are from different countries? What if you’re […]

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International divorce – What exactly is “forum shopping”?

October 30, 2013

It is possible for divorcing couples and their lawyers to choose which country they would likely to bring divorce proceedings in through a process called ‘forum shopping’. It may be the case that multiple jurisdictions are appropriate for the particular disputes involved in a secure divorce – and as a result, each spouse may be […]

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A Glance at European Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage

October 21, 2013

The age old notion of marriage being solely the union of a man and woman may now be transforming to include same-sex unions, at least in Europe. While the European Union hasn’t taken an official stance on same-sex marriage–i.e, no member states must allow same-sex marriage in order to be part of the union–is has […]

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Overseas divorce and contact and residence orders made abroad

July 14, 2013

Divorce proceedings can be extremely traumatic, especially for any children involved. In order to minimise the stress that children are put under, divorcing parents will want to finalise the divorce expeditiously. Attitudes towards divorce across Europe vary a surprising amount. One need only compare the UK with Malta for example which only grants annulments (under […]

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Is Divorce More Common in Europe?

May 2, 2013

In recent years, divorce rates have increased in many western countries. In Europe, the marriage rate for every 1,000 inhabitants has dropped, while the number of divorces for the same population has risen. This has led to an increasing number of children who are born to unmarried couples or single parents. During 2010, there were […]

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Are Swedish Maternity Leave Practices Exportable?

April 25, 2013

Is it possible to export Swedish maternity leave laws or their equivalent to the United States?  Before discussing this, it is necessary to understand the parameters of Swedish maternal leave laws. Why is it desirable to change maternal and paternal leave in the United States? Maternal leave is desirable to improve the mental and physical […]

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A couple duped in a childbirth scam have been given the custody of the child by a court

November 2, 2012

Mr and Mrs S a couple not identified for legal reasons have been given the custody of a 21 month old girl child after a legal battle over her custody. The London couple had been in the belief that the child was their miracle baby. Mr S, 51 and Mrs S, 50, were both god […]

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There’s no place like home…but where is home for your children?

November 2, 2011

With the opening of borders across Europe and the recent growth of the internet and cheap travel, it is becoming increasingly common for children to have parents who are of different nationality to one another.  However, should the parents separate, what happens if one parent wants to return to their home country with the child? […]

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