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More Information on Belgium: Family Law
Excerpts from an article published in the  continue

Family law in Belgium is governed by  continue

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In The Media

Jeremy in the media

Today Show interview
CNN Interview
Economist Article
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More Information on New York Family Law
Here is an overview of some of the recent and important New York cases  continue

In New York, the Judge has a broad power to make a fair property distribution  continue

In what circumstances may a custodial parent relocate to another state and  continue

The Sean Goldman parental abduction case has been making the news  continue

New York has finally enacted a no-fault divorce law. It was the last American state to do so and legal practitioners are still absorbing the changes.  continue

Once a divorce case is settled, parties often experience “buyer’s or seller’s remorse’ but a just-decided New York case  continue

Child custody jurisdiction in New York primarily hinges on  continue

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More Information on International Child Custody
We handle very many cases concerning the prevention of international child abduction   continue

The abduction of children from the United States is   continue

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Articles on Malaysian Family Law
Malaysia is not a party to the Hague Abduction Convention...  continue

In Malaysia, the sharp split between two judicial systems  continue

The Civil High Courts in Malaysia have jurisdiction over...  continue

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Couplings and Un-Couplings in a Land Without Divorce  continue

at the core of the present controversy  continue

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More Information on Poland : Family Law :
Poland continued to demonstrate problems in its implementation and application of the Hague Convention.   continue

Polish law divorce is regulated by the statute of   continue

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Divorce law in Romania  continue

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More Information on New Zealand Family Law:
enforcing overseas parenting orders in New Zealand  continue

An interview of Jeremy Morley by a New Zealand website  continue

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More Information on Netherlands : Family Law :
All non-resident parents in the Netherlands must support their children   continue

The Netherlands is a party to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction  continue

Divorce proceedings in The Netherlands may be instituted by both spouses jointly   continue

In any international case in The Netherlands the Dutch court must decide which country's law   continue

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More Information on Mexico : Family Law :
Report from US Embassy on Divorces in Mexico  continue

US Department of State 2009 report  continue

Our heartiest congratulations to our British client whose tiny baby was abducted by the Mexican father   continue

With respect to child custody, federal legislation   continue

Judging Mexico's legal system  continue

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More Information on Korea : Family Law :
With almost one out of every two couples  continue

chapters on marriage and divorce  continue

the Republic of Korea acceded to the Hague Convention on   continue

Korea's top court has ruled that sexual relations  continue

The South Korean Supreme Court has issued details of its implementation  continue

Adultery is a crime in Korea  continue

A Korean woman who married a national  continue

Article 203 of the Korean Code of Civil Procedure provides as follows  continue

The parliament's decision to abolish the male-oriented   continue

One of the major debates in Korea these days  continue

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More Information on Jordan : Family Law :
Jordan child custody law, custodianship chapter, Jordanian Personal Status law  continue

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More Information on Saudi Arabia : Family Law :
Excerpts from the U.S. State Department report  continue

before the US Senate in 2003  continue

from the US Department of State  continue

If the Marriage to a Saudi Fails  continue

taken from the US Department of State and Islamic Family Law Project of Emory University  continue

Saudi Arabia must create laws to protect women  continue

when is a Saudi Arabian woman considered an adult?  continue

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US Department of State's report on Compliance with the Hague Convention  continue

From the U.S. State Department  continue

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More Information on USA : Family Law :
When the Hague Convention won't help  continue

Police arrested a California woman  continue

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has announced  continue

The United States is a party to the Hague Convention on the   continue

New York tolls the statute of limitations  continue

Connecticut has passed   continue

this chart shows the effective dates and the  continue

In many states a standard restraining order  continue

Further evidence that California is an excellent jurisdiction for   continue

America's credit crunch is putting the squeeze  continue

Problems arising from void or voidable marriages  continue

A Canadian wife who had lived in Nevada for   continue

Legal briefs filed by two state agencies  continue

A major debate is underway as to the future  continue

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More Information on UAE : Family Law :
When child custody disputes arise between parents, custody decisions are based on Islamic law  continue

while divorce is permissible in Islam  continue

A British woman arrested in Dubai for sex outside of marriage  continue

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More Information on Turkey : Family Law :
Turkey: Civil Code Section 6: Custody  continue

We have worked on many matters involving Turkey  continue

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More Information on Taiwan : Family Law :
Chapter II: Marriage  continue

The Taipei District Court ruled on Tuesday (2006) that   continue

As Taiwan wrestles with the future of its political freedom  continue

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More Information on Syria : Family Law :
The following case should serve as a warning to any parent  continue


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More Information on Switzerland : Family Law :
Switzerland has enacted a new law that  continue

The U.S. State Department has published its annual report on  continue

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More Information on Sweden : Family Law :

Sweden and the Hague Convention  continue

requirements to obtain a decree of divorce in Sweden  continue

domestic laws and regulations implementing the Hague Convention  continue

(Aktenskapsbalken)  continue

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The Central Authority in Spain provides a state lawyer at  continue

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More Information on Slovak Republic : Family Law :
Slovakia's noncompliance with the Hague Convention in 2008  continue

In what is believed to be the first Hague case in Slovakia  continue

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More Information on Singapore : Family Law :
From the Family Court of Singapore  continue

Singapore has acceded to the Hague Convention  continue

The Singapore Court of Appeal  continue

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Information on Japanese Family Law:
Spousal violence constitutes a serious violation of human rights, as well as being a crime  continue

The statutory law in Japan contains no provisions  continue

Family courts and their branch offices are established at the same places where district courts and   continue

Some cases in English on Japanese family law  continue

Selected excerpts from Japan's Family Registration Law  continue

This case illustrates a stark illustration of the complete failure of the Japanese legal system to protect children  continue

unofficial translation of Book IV; Relatives  continue

Kyogi Rikon (Consent Divorce)  continue

Has anything changed in the fight against international child abduction?  continue

Japan's private international law  continue

Service of process in Japan raises difficult issues.  continue

Divorce has constantly been on the mind of Imelda (not her real name), a 36-year-old Filipino woman who married a Japanese man seven years ago.  continue

An American Dad is behind bars and his Japanese ex-wife is a fugitive from justice  continue

In the debate about whether Japan should sign the Hague abduction convention, a serious consequence of Japan's failure to ratify the treaty is being overlooked. Japan's failure to sign the convention is extremely damaging to Japanese nationals living overseas, since  continue

It’s been six years, three weeks and one day since Navy Cmdr. Paul Toland last saw his only child, Erika  continue

We have represented many international clients who  continue

Japan is a haven for international child abduction. Now one child who was abducted to Japan is to be returned to Wisconsin, thanks to our team’s non-stop efforts   continue

On April 14, 2014, the Japanese Law implementing the Hague Abduction Convention  continue

This article from ABC News (2008) is based in part on an interview with Jeremy Morley.   continue

Four fathers quietly filed into a theater to watch  continue

After several years of struggling to understand the workings of the Japanese family law system on behalf of Japanese clients or non-Japanese clients with Japanese spouses, I have reluctantly concluded  continue

1996 judgment of the Supreme Court of Japan  continue

The Supreme Court of New Jersey has upheld a decision allowing a Japanese mother to relocate with her six-year old child   continue

In Japan since 2003 there have been two ways to calculate child support. The first way  continue

Japanese law enforcement and social service agencies unfortunately seem unable to enforce custody and support orders   continue

Under the Japanese Civil Code, either the husband or wife must change their family name to be married legally. Usually it is the wife who does so.  continue

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More Information on Italy : Family Law :

There are two types of legal separation in Italy  continue

An Italian citizen who is divorced in a foreign country, in order to remarry   continue

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More Information on Czech Republic : Family Law :
International child abduction cases in the Czech Republic will be  continue

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More Information on Cyprus : Family Law :
Excerpts from an article published in the  continue

A parent who decides to leave Cyprus  continue

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More Information on Colombia : Family Law :
US Department of State 2005 Report on Compliance with the Hague Convention  continue

A tug-of-war spanning two continents was settled   continue

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More Information on China : Family Law :
When Chinese citizens and foreigners decide to get married   continue

The marriage law of People's Republic of China was modified in 2001  continue

China has now adopted its first law on the conflict of laws...   continue

Excerpts from an article published in the  continue

We were recently asked to research the issue of potential child abduction in China   continue

A recently-decided case in Massachusetts   continue

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More Information on Chile : Family Law :
Church mounts rearguard action as Chile votes to allow divorce  continue

US Department of State's 2009 Report  continue

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More Information on Canada : Family Law :
An act respecting the civil aspects of international and interprovincial child abduction  continue

Working with local counsel in Quebec we are pleased to have successfully secured the return of two child abducted from California to Quebec.   continue

Excerpts from an article published in the  continue

A woman accused of abducting her two children and hiding out in France   continue

The following is an extract from Canada's answers to a   continue

The Supreme Court of Canada came to the aid of a Jewish woman whose estranged husband  continue

Divorced couples must share future debts tied to the marriage, the Supreme Court of Canada  continue

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More Information on Bulgaria : Family Law :
Bulgaria demonstrated patterns of noncompliance with the Convention  continue

As of October 2009  continue

Excerpts from an article published in the  continue

In May 2003 Bulgaria deposited the ratification instrument on the Hague Convention  continue

The consequences of international parental child abduction are frequently  continue

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More Information on Barbados : Family Law :
Section 57 of the Family Law Act of Barbados  continue

The Barbados Family Law Council is reportedly in favor  continue

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Information on Bahamas Family Law:
The financial aspects of a divorce in The Bahamas are set forth primarily  continue

The Office of Children’s Issues of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, has recently released the annual report on Hague Convention compliance  continue

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More Information on Austria : Family Law :
Austria and Child Abduction: US Department of State   continue

Unfamiliar laws can make expats especially vulnerable  continue

Proposal to give Department of Justice responsibility for US children abducted abroad  continue

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More Information on Australian Family Law:
Sec. 111B: Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction  continue

The only ground for divorce in Australia is   continue

On July 1, 2006, Australia's Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 came into force.  continue

There seems to be a rash of child abductions out of Australia -- although perhaps this is simply because many Australian cases are coming my way. My theory is  continue

Pre‑nuptial agreements, known as "binding financial agreements," became enforceable in Australia   continue

International Social Services published a report in February 2005 on international parental child abduction  continue

Australia's new Family Law Amendment emphasizes  continue

The legal notion that sports stars, artists and professionals with exceptional talent deserve better than a 50-50 split in divorce settlements   continue

In an important ruling the Full Court of the   continue

Women embarking on a first marriage and planning to have children should not enter into a prenuptial  continue

Excerpts from an article published in the   continue

A Sheridan (Wyoming) woman who fled Australia with her young daughter a year ago must   continue

This editorial in Australia’s Courier-Mail criticizes the provisions in Australia’s recently-amended Family Law Act that call for equal shared parenting orders. The article is totally on target. However   continue

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More Information on Argentina: Family Law :
The Office of Children’s Issues of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, has recently released the annual report on Hague Convention compliance  continue

The following is an extract from Argentina's  continue

In order to prevent international child abduction  continue

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More Information on Brazil Family Law:
The United States considers Brazil to be demonstrating patterns   continue

During the reporting period, the United States experienced continued problems   continue

The Office of Children’s Issues of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has recently released the annual report on Hague Convention compliance  continue

Francois Larivee is fighting for the return of his  continue

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More Information on Dominican Republic : Family Law :
Excerpts of an article published in the  continue

It is possible to get a divorce in the Dominican Republic in a weekend  continue

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More Information on Israel : Family Law :
Israel and the Hague Convention  continue

An unprecedented lawsuit concerning Israeli law and a husband;s refusal to grant a divorce.  continue

The ministerial committee on legislation is set to approve a   continue

child custody matters in Israel can be handled by  continue

A precedent-setting Israeli court decision  continue

Israel has made a significant amendment to its divorce law.   continue

A New York state judge has declined to recognize an Israeli divorce judgment   continue

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More Information on Islam : Family Law :
It is often stated that a husband's promise  continue

Britain's highest court has criticised   continue

The French courts now generally refuse  continue

a short comparison  continue

An Ohio court has reportedly ruled  continue

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More Information on Ireland : Family Law :
Ireland's divorce courts are overloaded   continue

In Ireland, the Divorce Act requires that  continue

The European Union proposed scheme for harmonized divorce rules for international couples  continue

the Guardianship of Infants Act was passed in   continue

An Irish court has ruled in a Hague Abduction Convention case that a child of just six years   continue

A mother of five has won an extra 2 million in a shock divorce ruling  continue

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More Information on Iran : Family Law :
Unofficial translation of portions of Iran's Civil Code  continue

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More Information on India : Family Law :
We have commented previously on the abusive "498a Law"  continue

In the case of non-resident Indians the 498-a process has often proved calamitous  continue

India Supreme Court issues notice to US-based woman  continue

In a rare reiteration of its authority in a prayer for anti-suit injunction matter concerning a foreign court  continue

In what may come as a big relief to Muslim women  continue

India has no law on  continue

The Bombay High Court has ruled that a wife   continue

Because India is not a member of the Hague Convention  continue

Marriage law is a touchy issue in India  continue

There has been a rash of cases concerning parents who remove a child from the United States to India without the consent  continue

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The Department finds that Honduras was noncompliant with the Convention  continue

The United States continues to view Honduras as noncompliant due to  continue

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More Information on Guam : Family Law :
Egypt : Family Law :
The removal of a child by the non-custodial parent to or within Egypt  continue

A father's effort to get his son back from Egypt.  continue

Below is the "Memorandum of Understanding" between the U.S. and Egypt concerning parental access  continue

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More Information on England : Family Law :
Congratulations to our victorious client, Rod MacLeod, to whom   continue

Inchoate rights of custody and general rights of custody  continue

Whilst there is no formal set timetable  continue

An existing finding by the courts of the requesting State  continue

American family law practitioners handling a divorce case with a significant English connection  continue

In England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, child abduction involves both  continue

Britain has instituted a concerted effort to stem  continue

The English courts insist that child abduction cases are resolved expeditiously.  continue

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Criminal prosecution can play a significant role in international child abduction cases  continue

Here are some of my "international family lawyer's best tips" for clients who  continue

Here are some tips for attorneys and clients faced with   continue

International child relocation applications raise substantially different issues  continue

When comparing possible jurisdictions for international family law cases  continue

Expert testimony is frequently needed in international family law cases  continue

In Abbott v. Abbott, The U.S. Supreme Court has now issued its very first decision  continue

Before you move overseas, you must absolutely realize  continue

Courts in the USA and England have long struggled with international relocation applications.   continue

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and the Hague Convention  continue

An overview of the Hague Abduction Convention  continue

A divorcing client with potential jurisdictional ties to more than one country or state confronts his or her attorney with some unique preliminary questions  continue

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More Information on Europe : Family Law :
EU member states are lining up to attack a European Commission  continue

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More Information on France Family Law:
There are two main benefits for single parents  continue

Some 1500 children are abducted by a parent in France every year  continue

from the Office of American Services in Paris  continue

A Critique of Child Abduction Law in France  continue

Islamic Divorces not Recognized in France  continue

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Information on Germany : Family Law :
An unofficial translation.  continue

Advice on preventing child abduction in Germany  continue

If a German Court's return order will usually order the abducting parent  continue

Prenuptial agreements and Germany  continue

Section 1632 of the German Civil Code provides that custody over a child  continue

German divorce law for international marriages  continue

Germany has halved the amount of time it takes for international child custody cases  continue

Germany has a uniform court structure under which   continue

The Foreign Office and the German missions abroad  continue

It is our personal experience handling international child abduction cases in Germany (with local counsel) that serious problems still   continue

Open letter concerning Germany's apparent violation of its obligations under the Hague Child Abduction Convention.   continue

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