Chair
Marcus Dearle

Family Law Committee

The Family Law Committee provides a unique forum for members from around the world to discuss developments of international significance across all aspects of family law, including marriage, divorce, inheritance, human rights, adoption and child abduction.

About the Committee

The Family Law Committee provides a unique forum for members from different countries and different legal systems to exchange views, meet during conferences and debate issues concerning the substantive and procedural aspects of family law. The work of the committee has focused on developments of international significance, involving all aspects of family law, for example, marriage, divorce, inheritance, human rights in the family, adoption, international child abduction, etc. There is a close interaction within the committee and its members through newsletters and via e-mail.

The committee has ambitious aspirations for the future. It hopes to expand its membership and to encourage others to join the committee. Family law is at the core of general legal practice.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences

Should prenuptial and postnuptial agreements be treated as binding contracts in all jurisdictions?

Should prenuptial and postnuptial agreements be treated as binding contracts in all jurisdictions? Natalia Wielgosinska Law Firm of Attorney-at-Law Natalia Wielgosinska, Poland

Marriage and divorce in uncertain times of Covid-19: a pandemic that changed the Court’s way to deal with family matters

During the Emirates-wide strict lockdown implemented in Dubai, the Courts in Dubai suspended divorce and marriages until further notice.

The recognition at common law of Nigerian adoption orders in the UK and the role of the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Ad

Nigeria is not a signatory to the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption to enable Convention adoptions, and it is no longer on the list of designated countries through which a foreign adoption may still be recognised by English law.

Article 13(b) of the 1980 Hague Convention and Covid-19

It is not uncommon for the Article 13(1)(b) exception, namely the ‘grave risk’ exception, to be used as a defence to object to the return of a child in 1980 Hague proceedings. While highly fact-specific, most common assertions relate to grave risk resulting from domestic violence or regional conflict.

Child contact arrangements during the Covid-19 lockdown in England and Wales

An article discussing the legal advice surrounding the following UK government lockdown guidance: ‘Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes’.

Subcommittees and other groups

The Family Law Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Family Law Committee Advisory Board
  • International Children's Issues Subcommittee