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

Date:22 APR 2014
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International Family Law Practice by David Hodson

David Hodson

Today 22 April 2014 family law in England and Wales has some of its biggest changes for decades.  It represents a major and very necessary cultural shift.  There is a unified family court across the country combining the different levels of first instance judges with cases being transferred to the appropriate levels of judiciary and with greater judicial continuity.  A number of significantly improved procedures are being introduced in both finance and children cases.

At the same time and for me of great significance in the long term internationally is the introduction of standardised court orders to be made by the unified family courts.  At the moment these are mainly orders in financial cases domestic protection and forced marriage.  Further orders are being rolled out in the coming weeks and months for...

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