David Hodson OBE MICArb

David Hodson OBE MICArb Family lawyer
International Family Law Group LLP

David is a highly experienced family law dispute resolution specialist, especially involving an international element or complex assets. 

In The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2014, David was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his ‘Services to International Family Law’. 

The Legal 500 (2013) referred to him as ‘The London international family law specialist’. He is a English solicitor (1978 and accredited 1996), mediator (1997), family arbitrator and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) (2002), Deputy District Judge sitting at the Central Family Court, London (1995), Australian (NSW) solicitor and barrister (2003) and mediator.

He is a joint founder of iFLG. 

In May 2008,his book Practical Aspects of International Family Law was published by Jordan Publishing. The 5th edition, now entitled The International Family Law Practice, is to be published in late 2016. This is the leading definitive textbook for practitioners on the international aspects of family law work. 

With Ann Thomas, he is author of When Cupids Arrow crosses National Boundaries: A Guide for international families (3rd edition). 

He is an Accredited Specialist (with portfolios in Substantial Assets and International Cases), a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a past trustee of Marriage Resource, a Fellow of the Centre for Social Justice and a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He is a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship. In November 2011, he received the prestigious inaugural Jordans Family law Commentator of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to commentary on family law matters, as voted by family lawyers. 

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Reducing family conflict: reform of the legal requirements for divorce 10 DEC 2018

Reducing family conflict: reform of the legal requirements for divorce

 With the reform consultation process

EU matrimonial property regime regulation 29 OCT 2018

EU matrimonial property regime regulation

By David Hodson OBE MICArbNew EU family law

Brexit and international family law: a pragmatic approach to divorce and maintenance 04 SEP 2018

Brexit and international family law: a pragmatic approach to divorce and maintenance

On 12 July the Government published its

Tax and spousal maintenance obligations for international families: the UK experience of the imminent US changes 21 AUG 2018

Tax and spousal maintenance obligations for international families: the UK experience of the imminent US changes

On 31 December 2018 the US has a significant

The days of the exclusively paper-based lawyer could be numbered: the HMCTS online divorce pilot 31 JUL 2018

The days of the exclusively paper-based lawyer could be numbered: the HMCTS online divorce pilot

The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG)

UK/EU Family law after Brexit: a speech to the European Parliament 18 MAY 2018

UK/EU Family law after Brexit: a speech to the European Parliament

Speech given by Prof David Hodson OBE MICArb

Australia ends requirement to file exhibits at the family court: should England and Wales follow suit? 05 APR 2018

Australia ends requirement to file exhibits at the family court: should England and Wales follow suit?

A recent change in the rules of the family

English civil partnership may not be recognised abroad 26 JAN 2018

English civil partnership may not be recognised abroad

As England debates the future status, role

The European Court decision on legality of sharia divorce: what is it really about? 04 JAN 2018

The European Court decision on legality of sharia divorce: what is it really about?

A European Court decision in mid-December

The  husband, his wife and his mistress: sharing the marital pot 04 DEC 2017

The husband, his wife and his mistress: sharing the marital pot

In the context of the present discussion

Divorce forum disputes: when dual nationality may not be a possibility 13 OCT 2017

Divorce forum disputes: when dual nationality may not be a possibility

As there can be dramatic financial and other

Response from The International Family Law Group LLP to proposed amendments to Pt 9 of the FPR 2010 08 SEP 2017

Response from The International Family Law Group LLP to proposed amendments to Pt 9 of the FPR 2010

This paper is the response of The

The Great EU Repeal Bill White Paper and family law 10 APR 2017

The Great EU Repeal Bill White Paper and family law

David Hodson responds to the government White

The Hague 1970 Divorce Recognition Convention: filling an EU divorce gap? 31 MAR 2017

The Hague 1970 Divorce Recognition Convention: filling an EU divorce gap?

David Hodson examines this little-known Hague

Commentary on the House of Commons Justice Committee Report on implications of Brexit for the justice system 27 MAR 2017

Commentary on the House of Commons Justice Committee Report on implications of Brexit for the justice system

David Hodson analyses and comments upon the

Unfair marital agreements, chaos of EU law and unusual routes to fairness: DB v PB [2016] EWHC 3431 (Fam) 30 JAN 2017

Unfair marital agreements, chaos of EU law and unusual routes to fairness: DB v PB [2016] EWHC 3431 (Fam)

An  English High Court decision, reported

Turkey signs 1996 and 2007 Hague Conventions 10 OCT 2016

Turkey signs 1996 and 2007 Hague Conventions

On Friday, 7 October 2016, Turkey signed and

USA signs Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention 31 AUG 2016

USA signs Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention

On 30 August 2016, Barack Obama, President of

The best interests of the child in the cultural setting 15 AUG 2016

The best interests of the child in the cultural setting

How should the test of the best interests of

EU refuses to reform divorce forum jurisdiction, but 'speeds up' child abduction 11 JUL 2016

EU refuses to reform divorce forum jurisdiction, but 'speeds up' child abduction

The European Union last week (30 June 2016)

Brexit and national family law 28 JUN 2016

Brexit and national family law

David Hodson OBE sets out some preliminary

Brexit and international family law 24 JUN 2016

Brexit and international family law

David Hodson OBE of iFLG sets out preliminary

Brexit: England and Wales as a global family law leader or EU-emasculated? 19 MAY 2016

Brexit: England and Wales as a global family law leader or EU-emasculated?

The EU referendum has been described as the

Anglo-Scottish spousal maintenance: a kingdom very gender disunited 29 MAR 2016

Anglo-Scottish spousal maintenance: a kingdom very gender disunited

A decision on 23 March 2016 (Re V (European

EU proposes accession to Istanbul Convention on domestic violence: a brief background to international domestic violence laws including the Istanbul Convention 07 MAR 2016

EU proposes accession to Istanbul Convention on domestic violence: a brief background to international domestic violence laws including the Istanbul Convention

 On 4 March 2016, there was much EU fanfare

Priority of proceedings under EU Brussels II: An Irish High Court decision may mean all change after 15 years of practice 06 JAN 2016

Priority of proceedings under EU Brussels II: An Irish High Court decision may mean all change after 15 years of practice

On Wednesday 2 December 2015, Ireland’s High

Towards a digital family court 14 DEC 2015

Towards a digital family court

Those of us who have been campaigning since

Consultation on EU Mediation Directive 02 DEC 2015

Consultation on EU Mediation Directive

Calling all mediators and arbitrators. The EU

Recitals, indemnities and third-party orders: overturning old orthodoxies of orders 16 OCT 2015

Recitals, indemnities and third-party orders: overturning old orthodoxies of orders

In financial proceedings, can the family

Family Court power to order interim sale and vacant possession of the family home: ​BR v VT [2015] EWHC 2727 (Fam) 05 OCT 2015

Family Court power to order interim sale and vacant possession of the family home: ​BR v VT [2015] EWHC 2727 (Fam)

Can the family court order the family home,

Law Commission extends time for family law consultation 13 JUL 2015

Law Commission extends time for family law consultation

The Law Commission has extended the deadline

The Islamic marriage conundrum 03 JUL 2015

The Islamic marriage conundrum

In May 2015 an important conference was held

The British general election 2015 and international family law 11 MAY 2015

The British general election 2015 and international family law

On 7 May 2015 the United Kingdom went to

New EU law in force today providing cross border protection for victims of domestic violence and others 12 JAN 2015

New EU law in force today providing cross border protection for victims of domestic violence and others

The Protection Measures Regulation On 11

David Hodson on International Family Law: Scottish families and family law 15 SEP 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Scottish families and family law

What if Scotland decides on 18th September to

David Hodson on International Family Law: Marital eroticism on marital separation 21 JUL 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Marital eroticism on marital separation

The draft 'financial remedies' consent

David Hodson appointed OBE 16 JUN 2014

David Hodson appointed OBE

The International Family Law Group

David Hodson on International Family Law: New EU law on domestic violence 13 JUN 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: New EU law on domestic violence

The EU has introduced a law, in force in

David Hodson on International Family Law: Not (necessarily) a political broadcast on behalf of UKIP 02 JUN 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Not (necessarily) a political broadcast on behalf of UKIP

Where does the present debate on EU

David Hodson on International Family Law: MIAMS and international cases 23 MAY 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: MIAMS and international cases

One of the key

David Hodson on International Family Law:  EU seeks views of English family lawyers on Brussels II 06 MAY 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: EU seeks views of English family lawyers on Brussels II

Brussels II

David Hodson on International Family Law: Standardised orders and the future delivery of family law services 22 APR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Standardised orders and the future delivery of family law services

Today, 22 April 2014, family law in

David Hodson on International Family Law: Too many international cases spoil the family justice broth? 04 APR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Too many international cases spoil the family justice broth?

'Very serious issues ought to arise

David Hodson on International Family Law: EU external competency goes to European Court on 1 April, and it’s no joke! 27 MAR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: EU external competency goes to European Court on 1 April, and it’s no joke!

On Tuesday, 1 April 2014, a date

David Hodson on International Family Law: Worldwide qualifying conditions for marital agreements 14 MAR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Worldwide qualifying conditions for marital agreements

One of the good recommendations from

David Hodson on International Family Law: Law Commission proposals and international families 07 MAR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Law Commission proposals and international families

The proposals by the Law Commission

The Law Commission proposals: A wasted opportunity, passing the reform buck and continued unpredictability for future settlements? 28 FEB 2014

The Law Commission proposals: A wasted opportunity, passing the reform buck and continued unpredictability for future settlements?

The English Law Commission has today

David Hodson on International Family Law: Special contribution in Australian law 14 FEB 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Special contribution in Australian law

A very important decision has been

David Hodson on International Family Law: The Court of Appeal upholds English discretionary forum against Owusu 18 OCT 2013

David Hodson on International Family Law: The Court of Appeal upholds English discretionary forum against Owusu

  The Court of Appeal has today,

David Hodson on International Family Law: There’s a Ghost in the Matrimonial Home and it’s not the Ex 03 OCT 2013

David Hodson on International Family Law: There’s a Ghost in the Matrimonial Home and it’s not the Ex

David Hodson in his international family law

David Hodson on International Family Law: Owusu goes to the Court of Appeal 13 SEP 2013

David Hodson on International Family Law: Owusu goes to the Court of Appeal

David Hodson sets out information of an

David Hodson on International Family Law: Which countries are in the EU? 06 SEP 2013

David Hodson on International Family Law: Which countries are in the EU?

David Hodson in his opinion piece

David Hodson on International Law: Non-recognition of Bulgarian divorce under Brussels II 09 MAY 2013

David Hodson on International Law: Non-recognition of Bulgarian divorce under Brussels II

The basis of Brussels II is the automatic

David Hodson on International Family Law: What is safe parental involvement? 28 JUN 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: What is safe parental involvement?

The government consultation of 14

David Hodson on International Family Law: Mediation in Dubai 21 JUN 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: Mediation in Dubai

It doesn't appear on most

David Hodson on International Family Law: "Needs" claims and sole domicile jurisdiction 27 APR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: "Needs" claims and sole domicile jurisdiction

The EU Maintenance Regulation is

David Hodson on International Family Law: Divorce tourism 20 APR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: Divorce tourism

Last week, The Times (10

David Hodson on International Family Law: A dead parrot or simply pining for the fjords - or no parrot at all? 05 APR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: A dead parrot or simply pining for the fjords - or no parrot at all?

El Gamal v Al Maktoum [2011] EWHC

David Hodson on International Family Law: Budget 2012 impact of corporate owned residential properties 23 MAR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: Budget 2012 impact of corporate owned residential properties

George Osborne's Budget on 21

David Hodson on International Family Law: "I, Spouse A, do take you as my lawful wedded Spouse B" 16 MAR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: "I, Spouse A, do take you as my lawful wedded Spouse B"

With the government launching a

David Hodson on International Family Law: Child abduction as criminal kidnapping 08 MAR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: Child abduction as criminal kidnapping

In the recent R v Kayani, R v

David Hodson on International Family Law: Relocation! Relocation! Relocation! 14 JUN 2010

David Hodson on International Family Law: Relocation! Relocation! Relocation!

Child abduction is one of the worst events