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INTERNATIONAL FOCUS: La vita familiare

14 September 2017  

Marco Calabrese and Rebecca Harling outline the approach to divorce and finances in Italy

There are a number of similarities between family law in England and Wales and in Italy, but also notable differences. While civil unions were introduced in Italy for same-sex couples in 2016, same-sex marriage is not yet available, although generally divorce and dissolution is on a ‘no-fault’ basis. Significantly, in relation to finances, a community property regime applies, unless the parties agree otherwise. In common with England and Wales, there has also been a move towards non-court dispute resolution, albeit with a focus on collaborative methods rather than mediation as in this jurisdiction.

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