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This guidance for Family and County Court Judges through the COVID-19 pandemic was issued by the Judiciary of England and Wales on 23 March 2020.
During this time of special arrangements for everyone due to the Coronavirus outbreak we are aware that all our members are doing their upmost to continue to serve the needs of clients.
The president of the family division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued the following guidance which should be followed with immediate effect by all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court Family Division.
Find resources on mediation, collaborative practice, arbitration and more.
Family courts in England and Wales are increasingly dealing with international family law cases – much more so than even just a few years ago – indeed there is every likelihood that Brexit will increase the amount of litigation in England and Wales.
The current crisis and the problems that the courts are facing has shone a new light on how we practice and the solutions we can offer our clients.
There have been many mentions of arbitration and changes. What’s that all about?
During this global pandemic we are all having to operate in new ways and really understand the pressures and situations that people are facing. For those of you with Muslim colleagues and clients the period of Ramadan starts on the 23rd or 24th of April and lasts for either 29 or 30 days. With the current pandemic this may cause additional pressures for them so this article will provide you with more information in order to support them.
Adele Ballantyne, Director of Eleda Consultancy and Marcie Shaoul Director of Rolling Stone Coaching have come together to talk about how to effectively build online relationships with clients. Both Adele and Marcie have extensive experience of working with clients online and their work depends on quickly building a trusting mutual relationship to allow forward movement for their clients. Here they share some simple, effective strategies for working from home so that you can get the best from your meetings and more importantly build easy and solid rapport with your clients in a virtual way.
This table of forms accompanies Resolution's Guide to International Family Law.
This is a table of cases that accompanies Resolution's Guide to International Family Law.
This is a table of legislation that accompanies Resolution's Guide to International Family Law.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide the practitioner with a basic knowledge and understanding of the institutional and legislative framework of the European Union (EU) as well as the relevance of the Council of Europe and The Hague Conference on Private International Law in the field of family law.
This chapter considers different immigration law issues that can arise across the spectrum of international family law.
This chapter considers what is required to achieve jurisdiction so that an order can be made under Part IV of the Children Act 1989.
This chapter deals with the issues that may arise when dealing with an international adoption.
UK law supports surrogacy if it fits a model deemed acceptable: purportedly altruistic, consenting and privately arranged. Surrogacy is therefore not illegal in the UK but it is restricted by legislation.
The issue discussed in this chapter arises when or after an international relationship breaks down and either of the parents wishes to relocate.
Always consider child abduction/retention in any case involving a child and a foreign element.
The fundamental rule in this jurisdiction is that the responsibility of a parent as regards the person and upbringing of a child is unaffected by domicile or nationality.
This chapter looks at how it is possible to transfer parental responsibility proceedings between member states, beyond the jurisdictional rules.
To the extent that there is a codified jurisdictional rule in England & Wales, it is found in Chapter II of the Family Law Act 1986 (FLA 1986). Never the easiest piece of legislative drafting, the Act has grown increasingly more cumbersome through successive amendments to take account of various international instruments concerned with jurisdiction.
This is a quick reference guide to assist in identifying the appropriate regulation, statute or convention, but in all cases it is necessary to review the specific instrument to ensure that it applies
The issues discussed in this section arise when the financial resources of a couple divorcing in England & Wales include an overseas pension or the family lawyer is contacted by an overseas lawyer to explain that the financial resources of a couple divorcing abroad include a pension from an English provider.
This section summarises various types of trusts and what steps the family solicitor should consider when faced with one. It is beyond the scope of this guide to provide more than a brief overview of this complex subject.
This chapter deals with whether it is possible to swear a document abroad to be used in English proceedings and who can swear a document abroad; the taking of evidence abroad; and evidence of foreign law.
This section covers freezing injunctions in international cases. Practitioners need to be very careful when seeking such injunctions as whilst relatively easy to come by, they may turn out to be a poisoned chalice.
This chapter is set out in sections dealing with the law and procedure for serving documents issued in the jurisdiction of England & Wales in the different categories of foreign jurisdictions (outgoing process).
Until future case law clarifies how former civil partners will be treated under the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 (MFPA), this section focuses on the law relating to formerly married couples as applied in England and Wales.