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Unfair prenups, creative solutions

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This week we’ve seen an interesting and complex case in our High Court where a judge has had to find a creative solution to rehousing appropriately two young children and their mother, in the face of factors prohibiting what the court would see as the usual fair division of assets on divorce. The case involves a Swedish couple, worth about £11m. The wealth is largely on the husband’s side: he was formerly a sportsman, the judgment tells us, before an accident in 2003 sadly ended his career. His substantial income now comes from active management of the money made before his…

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Protecting British Citizens Abroad

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This week the case of Amina Al-Jeffery has hit the headlines. Amina is a 21-year old British citizen with joint Saudi Arabian nationality who is currently in Saudi Arabia, and there is evidence that her father is holding her there against her will. On the basis of that evidence, the courts in this country have made an order that she should be permitted to return here. There are clear echoes of cases under the Hague Convention ordering the safe return of abducted children, but of course Amina is an adult. The whole process has raised interesting issues about how far…

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Tougher on abduction

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We have written in previous blogs about the family courts adopting a tougher stance towards people who flout orders, fail to disclose their financial positions, or otherwise duck their responsibilities to each other and the court as separated spouses or parents. Continuing the trend, this week has seen two news stories concerning international child abduction and the family court’s response. As a quick reminder: to take a child overseas after separation or divorce, you need the consent of all holders of parental responsibility or the leave (i.e. the permission) of the court. Taking a child abroad without the consent of…

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Keep on moving (children)

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It wasn’t so long ago that we wrote about relocating children overseas, properly known as applications for leave to remove a child from the jurisdiction. Court decisions on leave to remove cases are becoming more frequently reported, as life for many people becomes more international, with travel and cross-jurisdictional living becoming easier and relationships between people based in different countries more common. These cases are often interesting and shed light on what courts consider important in children’s upbringing. For example, the case we reported on in February involved a mother being permitted to relocate to Moscow with her son as she…

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