16 March 2011
Report: EU set to alter divorce laws
Divorce proceedings may become both less costly and simpler for couples across the UK following the introduction of new European Union (EU) regulations on the sector.
Officials in Brussels have unveiled plans that are intended to make this process easier and cheaper through implementing new rules for courts handling cases where the active parties are dividing up international assets, the Financial Times reports.
According to the news source, policymakers at the European Commission - which is presided over by Jose Manuel Barroso - have drawn up these new guidelines to "enable couples to choose which law applies to their joint property in the event that they divorce or one of them dies".
These changes will affect partnerships where the people involved are from more than one EU country and justice commissioner Viviane Reding feels that they could save as much as €400 million (£342 million) in annual legal costs across the continent.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens