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HopgoodGanim partner appointed to international family law association

27 September 2011

HopgoodGanim family law partner Geoff Wilson has been appointed as the parliamentarian of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for 2012.

Wilson, an accredited family law specialist, is only the fourth Australian to hold an executive position in the Academy since its inception.

Wilson says he is honoured to be invited to join the executive of the Academy.

"The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is a strong and influential organisation. As part of my role, I hope to be able to foster a greater understanding internationally of Australia's family law system and environment," he says.

Wilson has specialised in family law for over 25 years and is a partner at HopgoodGanim in Brisbane, where he co-leads one of the largest family law practices in Australia.

He is recognised internationally for his expertise in binding financial agreements and the enforcement of international pre-nuptial agreements within the Australian legal system.

Wilson authored the Australian chapter of legal guidebook International Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements, published by Jordans in London this year, and regularly advises on the impact of overseas financial agreements on property settlements and spousal maintenance in Australia.

Wilson says that with a world-wide increase in migration, the demand for expertise in this specialist area is growing.

"People living in Australia often own property and other assets both here and overseas, and have ties with other countries because they live, work and marry abroad. In many instances, my clients have been married before. They have children from previous relationships and have accumulated significant wealth worth protecting.

"The laws applicable to pre-nuptial agreements across different jurisdictions are diverse. This creates a need to receive advice from family law experts in more than one jurisdiction, both at the start and end of a relationship.

"A big part of my job is working in tandem with colleagues in other countries to bring both pre and post-nuptial agreements together and to ensure they meet the requirements of the various jurisdictions they cover."

The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers was formed in 1986 and aims to improve international family law practice throughout the world. Its membership includes over 580 fellows across 43 international jurisdictions.

The parliamentarian is chosen by the Academy's president to provide assistance and advice to both the president and the executive on issues related to matrimonial law.

Wilson has been a fellow of the Academy since 2008 and has been invited to present at a number of its international family law conferences.

He is also the legal advisor to the website www.pre-nuptialagreements.com.au

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