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Reflections on International Considerations

United Kingdom - February 5 2024 It is often a surprise to our international clients how stark the differences can be in Family Law and procedure worldwide. In almost every case…

The unintended consequences of the French PACS - mind the trap

France, United Kingdom - February 1 2024 The French Pacte Civil de Solidarité (PACs) is a contract entered into by two unmarried adults, of the same or opposite sex, which allows them to…

Addiction and coparenting - how to arrange drug and alcohol testing in the context of childcare disputes and other legal proceedings involving children

United Kingdom - January 4 2024 Concerns surrounding a parent's Substance Abuse are a common safeguarding issue raised in children proceedings before the Family Court…

‘Partners aren’t born, they’re made’: How to make partner in a top law firm

United Kingdom - October 25 2023 Leading legal experts in the world of wealth tell Spear’s how they made it to the top - and how to make partner at a prestigious firm It’s not a…

“Either board the AI train now, or alight and be left behind”

United Kingdom - October 19 2023 When ChatGPT is asked “Does the future of a fair financial remedies system lie in AI?”, the response is: “the future of a fair financial remedies…

How to enforce a court order made in financial proceedings

United Kingdom - August 30 2023 When a court order is made in financial proceedings following a divorce (either by a court or through agreement), the Order will set out each parties’…

National Surrogacy Week - the pathway ahead

United Kingdom - August 4 2023 On 29 March 2023, following a long consultation period, the Law Commission’s report detailing their proposed changes to our surrogacy legislation was…

Knock knock knockin’ on hearing’s door - what happens when the press come to the family court?

United Kingdom - July 31 2023 Due to the nature of Family Law disputes, hearings in the Family Court often contain information which is “private”, intimate, personal, and/or…

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Re S (Children: Parentage and Jurisdiction) [2023] EWCA Civ 897

European Union, United Kingdom - July 28 2023 The case concerns five children, all British citizens born in the UK between 2008 and 2013, who now live in a Gulf State. The respondent…

Mon contrat de mariage français sera-t-il toujours applicable si je divorce en Angleterre ?

France, United Kingdom - June 29 2023 Les couples français vivant en Angleterre sont souvent surpris d'apprendre que le régime matrimonial français qu'ils ont choisi lors de la signature…