Brexit: - How will the UK’s decision to leave the EU affect Family Law? by Rene Panayiotou

17th September 2016

Brexit: - How will the UK’s decision to leave the EU affect Family Law? by Rene Panayiotou

By way of introduction, my name is Rene Panayiotou and I am the newest addition to the Chapman Pieri family! I’m currently undertaking Paralegal work and I am due to commence my training contract with the firm this October.

For my first article for Palmers Green & Southgate Life, I thought I’d write about Brexit and the ways in which our decision to leave the EU may affect family law.

EU law is deeply embedded in various areas of family law to include determining the grounds for jurisdiction upon divorce, where a party is domiciled and the enforcement of Matrimonial Orders.

It could be argued that EU provides an element of stability and reassurance in relation to children’s matters. For example, if an application for a Child Arrangements Order is granted in this jurisdiction and the child is re-located to another Member State, EU Legislation prohibits the need for any further proceedings taking place and the Order will be effective subject to a Certificate being issued.

The EU also legislates in relation to serving family Court proceedings across Member States of the EU.

The reality is that there will be no immediate changes to family law as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. However, one thing is for certain, there are a number of areas in relation to family law which will need to be legislated for in readiness for our exit.

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