Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, February 9, 2006

EU and Divorce

"IF YOU speak only English but have chosen to live in Corfu and become increasingly fed up with your Italian spouse, you will more than likely find yourself getting a divorce in a Greek court. Legislation governing separation and divorce in each EU member state may come as a shock to couples because each country has its own, different laws. Yet under European regulations, if a couple comes to divorce, the laws of their country of origin may not be available to them. Furthermore, their “own” law may still be wrongly applied at great expense and in a completely different language by the country in which they are now resident. And what about unmarried couples? For them, in many countries, there is no hope.
Leading lawyers gathered recently in London for a conference — The Impact of European Legislation on Domestic Family Law — to address the issue because within the next few weeks the European Union will issue a Green Paper to stimulate debate on the harmonisation of family law across member states." By Marilyn Stowe, The Times Link to Article (last visited 2-8-06 NVS)

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