Family Law News Issue 4, 2014, Volume 36, No. 4
- Background in family therapy grounds 2014 Aranda award winner
- Dire Warnings!!! From the Superfluous to the Sublime
- Disclosure Requirements for Offshore Assets in Divorce
- Dr. Margaret Little Receives State Bar of California's 2014 Court Staff Award
- Family Law Attorney Receives Top State Bar Legal Services Award
- Family Law News
- Family Law Section Executive Committee
- In this Issue:
- Judge Gary Gibson of Shasta County receives the 2014 Family Law Judicial Officer of the Year Award
- Message from the Chair:
- Message from the Editor:
- New Online Parenting After Separation Course
- Standing Chairs and Designated Recipients of Legislation
- Trapped Abroad - the Uccjea in International Cases and the Need for an Expansive Application of the Escape Clause
- International Prenuptial Agreements: Necessary But Dangerous
International Prenuptial Agreements: Necessary But Dangerous
Jeremy D. Morley
Jeremy D. Morley is a New York lawyer who concentrates on international family law. His firm works with lawyers and clients throughout the United States and around the world. Jeremy is the author of "International Family Law Practice" and "The Hague Abduction Convention: Practical Issues and Procedures for Family Lawyers." He may be reached at www.international-divorce.com.
Lawyers representing international clients who plan to marry and who want the protection of a prenuptial agreement should always consider the international ramifications of any proposed agreement. While conventional domestic prenuptial agreements raise grave malpractice concerns for family lawyers, the concerns become a hazardous minefield when the issues are multi-jurisdictional.
In many ways the world is rapidly shrinking and globalizing. "The World is Flat" is not only the catchy title of a bestselling book, but it also highlights the fact that international borders matter far less to most aspects of life than was the case a couple of decades ago. In sharp contrast, however, divorce laws remain local and parochial. Not only do divorce requirements and procedures vary from country to country, but so do the substantive laws concerning the division of assets and spousal and child support. Moreover, the laws about prenuptial agreements and marriage contracts vary considerably around the world andâjust as importantâthe attitudes of courts to such contracts diverge considerably, significantly, and in many different ways from country to country. Outside of the European Union there is generally no international law that governs the application of local law to international personal relationships.