The Potential Effects of Brexit on the Cross-Border Circulation of Private Family Law Judgments; with a Particular Focus on Questions Relating to Gender

  • Lara WalkerEmail author
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


This contribution considers the opportunities and losses arising from Brexit in the context of cross border family law. The main Regulations that will be affected by Brexit in this context are Brussels IIa, the Maintenance Regulation and the Civil Protection Order Regulation. These Regulations contain procedural rules in areas such as child abduction, divorce, maintenance, domestic violence and parental responsibility. This contribution considers the effect Brexit will have on these provisions from the perspective of gender. In family law, the role of caring has gender based consequences, such as loss of earnings from employment. Therefore the ongoing enforcement of orders in this context is imperative post-Brexit. There are several mechanisms for ensuring this ongoing enforcement, but in some areas there will be gaps in the law. This contribution highlights where these gaps might be and explains why there is currently no solution in these areas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sussex Law School, School of Law, Politics and SociologyUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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