Brexit and family law
Brexit and family law

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Brexit and family law
  • UK Parliamentary activity
  • Key guidance
  • Sifting process and SIs
  • Retained EU law
  • Key EU family law regulations
  • Recent News
  • External resources

As of 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and will no longer participate in the political institutions and governance structures of the EU. However, in accordance with the transitional arrangements provided in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement, exit day marks the commencement of an 11-month implementation period during which the UK will continue to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. See Practice Note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement.

Under the current terms, the implementation period will run from 11 pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day) until 11 pm on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day). During this period, the UK must continue to adhere to its obligations under EU law (including EU treaties, legislation, principles and international agreements), and submit to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement.

Exit day is still key in terms of being the date the UK ceased to be an EU Member State, but in terms of the legal impact, IP completion day is the date that the majority of key legal changes associated with Brexit will take effect, including the full repeal of the European Communities Act 1972, incorporation of retained EU law into the domestic legal regime and commencement of associated