Large rise in international family law disputes

Last year the number of family law disputes with an international aspect increased to 253 cases, suggesting a quadrupling of cases over the last four years. The figures come from the handling of cases by the Office of the Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales, who advise judges and lawyers dealing with international disputes.The report, written by Lord Justice Thorpe, says that the increase in help required from the Office is a result of increased international family matters coming before the courts and in order to improve relations increased co-operations was needed between countries. The report showed that cases received by the Office came from a real cross section of countries with Poland and Pakistan having the highest number of referred disputes.The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with family law solicitors in Watford and across the country.