Whilst we were in the EU there were clear rules about how the cross-border legal disputes for families could be resolved . It is a complex area but if we are not party to certain conventions there is a lack of consistency and parties may have difficulty in dealing with their divorce settlements .The suggestion is that this is an attempt to erode London’s position as a global centre for dispute resolution and whilst politicians may resolve the issue if you are involved in an international family case then legal advise is going to be more essential than ever.
A European Commission plan to block the UK from joining an international legal co-operation agreement after Brexit will inflict serious complications on divorce settlements and child maintenance awards, lawyers have warned. Brussels said last month the UK should not be allowed to join the 2007 Lugano Convention, an agreement that determines which countries’ courts have jurisdiction over cross-border civil and commercial disputes, and ensures that the resulting judgments can be enforced abroad. Without membership of the Lugano Convention, lawyers managing EU family cases on either side of the Channel will have to rely on The Hague Conventions. Legal experts said these were less comprehensive and did not prevent parallel court cases in competing jurisdictions.