Domicilio = domicile?

Most concepts of Private International Law are not only autonomous, but relative. We can find a fine example on the Spanish Supreme Court judgment of 5 December 2018that deals with the succession of a UK citizen who had been resident in Spain for a number of years and was deceased before 17 August 2015. As a consequence, the law applicable to his succession was not determined by the Succession Regulation (Brussels IV) but by Spanish national law, i.e. by Article 9.8 of the Spanish Civil Code“Succession mortis causa shall be governed by the national law of the deceased at the time of his death, whatever the nature of the property and the country in which it is located. However, testamentary provisions and covenants relating to future succession executed in accordance with the national law of the testator at the time of execution thereof shall remain valid even if another law is to govern the succession […]”. Seguir leyendo “Domicilio = domicile?”

The Spanish approach (or the lack thereof) to surrogacy

Surrogacy is a controversial matter that has been in the spotlight for the past few years in Spain, becoming even a matter of political debate. There is no societal consensus on how to regulate it, or even whether it should be regulated at all.

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Una pareja heterosexual ha obtenido el reconocimiento, por parte del Tribunal Supremo, a poder formar una Unión Civil.

Rebeca Steinfeld (37) y Charles Keidan (41), ambos ciudadanos de Londres han obtenido un fallo favorable del Tribunal Supremo consistente en que la Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Ley de Uniones Civiles británica), que solamente resulta aplicable a las parejas del mismo sexo, es incompatible con la Convención Europea de Derecho Humanos. Seguir leyendo “Una pareja heterosexual ha obtenido el reconocimiento, por parte del Tribunal Supremo, a poder formar una Unión Civil.”

Can grandparents be legally entitled to visit their grandchildren?

It is often said that grandparents act as role models to their grandchildren, teaching them how to love unconditionally, to respect their elders and to care for others selflessly. It cannot be denied that grandparents play an active and influential role in their upbringing.

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Supreme Court denies an ‘unworthy’ father the right to the inheritance of his deceased son

The civil chamber of the Supreme Court concludes that a father from Avilés, Oviedo, Spain is “unworthy” of inheriting the legacy of his deceased son. It is said that whilst the son was alive he suffered from cerebral palsy, yet the father abandoned him and failed to fulfil his duties as a parent. Seguir leyendo “Supreme Court denies an ‘unworthy’ father the right to the inheritance of his deceased son”

Inglaterra vs Escocia: conflicto de jurisdicción en una reclamación de pensión compensatoria

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La existencia de los Reglamentos europeos que son de aplicación a distintas materias que forman el derecho de familia ha provocado que ante una ruptura matrimonial pueda producirse la división del procedimiento de forma que se lleven a cabo distintas acciones en distintos países en virtud de la materia de la que se trate. Seguir leyendo “Inglaterra vs Escocia: conflicto de jurisdicción en una reclamación de pensión compensatoria”

I slipped on a wet or dirty floor in the premises of a business… will I get compensated?

A judgment handed down by the Provincial Court of Córdoba on 5 June 2017 can serve as useful guidance when considering if the evidence a Claimant holds is enough to sustain his case against a business after having slipped on its premises. Seguir leyendo “I slipped on a wet or dirty floor in the premises of a business… will I get compensated?”