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Family Proceedings: Jurisdiction

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL8990, tabled on 26 June 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government which jurisdiction will apply in family law disputes where one parent is living in another EU member state after 29 March 2019.

Answered on

10 July 2018

The UK and EU negotiation teams have agreed the terms of an implementation period running from 30 March 2019 until 31 December 2020, which will mean that the existing rules continue to determine which jurisdiction hears a family law dispute until the end of that period. The UK Government has also been clear that we are seeking a comprehensive future relationship with the EU in the area of civil judicial cooperation, to include rules on which jurisdiction will hear cases in family law disputes involving parties based in EU Member States.