Family Law: UK says no to EU divorce law
At the end of October, the Government decided very quietly not to sign up to proposals to introduce a Europe-wide divorce law. The decision, reports Mark Harper, was taken by the Department for Constitutional Affairs without public explanation
A proposed new European regulation, known as Rome III, would have enabled couples to choose where in the European Union (EU) they could get divorced and what law was applied to the proceedings. The regulation stated choice could be agreed in writing at any time prior to divorce. Should the couple not choose which law should apply to their divorce, the law of the couple’s common habitual residence would apply.
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