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Brexit transition guidance reissued post-IP completion day

Date:14 JAN 2021
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The Ministry of Justice has published new guidance for people involved in UK-EU cross-border family law disputes. Subjects covered in this guidance include information for people involved in UK-EU cross-border family law disputes from 1 January 2021, including disputes about parental responsibility and maintenance disputes.
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While the Brexit transition/implementation period ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day), the government continues to issue new and updated Brexit webpages and guidance documents on the associated legal and practical changes. Further guidance may be issued post-IP completion day, so stakeholders are advised to monitor these pages for updates.

The following new and updated documents have been published:

New guidance:

• UK-EU cross-border family law disputes

• UK-EU cross-border divorces

• UK-EU cross-border maintenance disputes

• UK-EU cross-border disputes about parental responsibility

Both the UK and EU are keeping their Brexit-related guidance under review and re-issuing stakeholder notices where necessary or appropriate in connection with arrangements and changes taking effect after the Brexit transition period. Not all changes or updates are substantive, but the pages are worth noting for future reference and bookmarking. In some cases, the detail of the guidance may not have changed, but the context, timescales or status of the arrangements outlined may have been updated. In other cases, guidance may contain placeholders or more detail. Some of the guidance published post-IP completion day contains substantive updates to reflect changes taking effect in light of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and related/subsequent agreements.

As revised Brexit notices and guidance documents continue to be issued, it is a good idea to bookmark the relevant guidance pages and check for updates, in particular:  

• GOV.UK—Guidance and regulation

• European Commission—Relations with the UK: Consequences for public administrations, businesses and citizens of the EU

The bulk of the government’s Brexit guidance has been gathered in its revised webpage: GOV.UK—Brexit: new rules are here.