Under Spanish law, a divorce can be granted in two scenarios: at the request of both spouses, or at the request of one spouse, or at the request of one spouse with or without the consent of the other.
Since July 2005, you must wait only three months after the start of your marriage to seek an order for legal separation or divorce in Spain. You can also make a very early proposal to your spouse through your lawyers with your Spanish divorce petition (this is discussed in more detail below).
Things to consider as a Spanish expat getting divorced
If you are contemplating filing for a divorce in Spain, or if you have received a letter from your spouse or their Spanish lawyer: don’t panic! Take a deep breath and consider the following:
- All of the facts in your particular case are unique, so it’s important that you don’t waste any time. Get in touch with our experienced team of international divorce lawyers today, whose expertise and knowledge of both the Spanish and UK family law systems can guide you through the implications of divorcing in either jurisdiction.
- If you have received advice to issue your divorce petition in England and Wales, or if you know that your spouse will file in England and Wales, contact us immediately and let us consider your options in relation to international child contact arrangements.
- If you have already been served with your spouse’s Child Abduction Application, contact us to discuss your options. Don’t waste time!
- If you have property in Spain and in the UK or abroad, or if you are concerned about your future financial settlement, let us guide you through the process to achieve a cost-effective and fair outcome. If your spouse has assets outside of England and Wales, we will also consider your options about how best to enforce your Agreed Consent Order effectively in a foreign country.
- If you are concerned about how to protect your assets during divorce proceedings, take urgent advice from our team of experienced international lawyers.
Expat divorce Spain – how can Stowe Family Law help?
Stowe Family Law advises on international divorce throughout Spain and the Canary Islands, assisting the processes and best practices that need to be followed in order to go through the English courts and achieve their desired outcome under English law.
Julian Hawkhead and the team of expert international divorce lawyers at Stowe Family Law are experienced in dealing with all matters pertaining to international family matters, including International Divorce and International Child Law.
The international divorce solicitors at Stowe work alongside clients to understand their needs, before advising on the next steps to achieve the desired outcome in their expat divorce case.