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David Hodson on International Family Law: Strasbourg IAML European Chapter meeting

Date:14 APR 2011

David HodsonThe IAML European Chapter has just held its annual meeting in Strasbourg. Apart from European Fellows and lawyer guests there were many from America Asia and Australia perhaps indicative of the influence of European family law across the global family law community. There were an excellent series of lectures with ensuing discussion drawing dramatic attention to several key aspects. These are just personal headlines:

1 - The EU Maintenance Regulation is effective on 18 June 2011. The simplistic analysis is that it replaces Brussels I being specific just to family law. Predictably much too simplistic! The jurisdictional arrangements are similar but in some cases will be crucially different in practice. There is extended choice of law provisions. It covers child support. Fundamentally advice about where proceedings should take place will be more complicated which does really mean complicated! Given the stated commitment of the EU in family matters is to produce certainty clarity and predictability the...

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