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Gazing into the Brexit crystal ball

Pippa Allsop looks ahead to some of the potential problems facing international families – and family practitioners – when the UK leaves the EU

6 September 2017

There is no doubt that family law reform is currently at the bottom of the priorities pile. While the Brexit negotiations focus on the ‘divorce bill’ that the UK will need to foot, the No Fault Divorce Bill (2015-16) was stalled after its first reading in parliament in October 2015. In this time of political uncertainty, our far-from-sturdy government is undoubtedly compelled to focus its energy on the ongoing Brexit dialogue, particularly given that it has not had the smoothest of starts.

What will happen to family law after the UK leaves the European Union remains a crystal ball-gazing exercise at best – but this doesn’t mean that the possibilities cannot or should not be considered. Apathy is not a helpful attitude to adopt in the circumstances.

On the face of it, it would appear that the blanket approach of all current EU law being incorporated in...

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