We serve clients from across the world from our UK offices and frequently act in cross border divorce and family law cases. Our international clients often have extensive and complex assets including businesses and property involving offshore and foreign elements.
If you are a British national living aboard or a foreign national living in England or Wales and looking to get divorced, you need to consider the country in which your divorce or dissolution proceedings will take place.
Different countries ( jurisdictions ) have different divorce laws and proceedings and choosing the most appropriate place to have your case heard is very important.
Every jurisdiction has a different approach to the division of property and other assets. They also have different attitudes towards maintenance, pensions and trust. It is therefore essential that you choose a jurisdiction which is right for you.
Can I get divorced in England or Wales?
You may be able to start your divorce proceedings in the English legal system if:
You and your partner are residents in England and Wales
You and your partner have lived in England or Wales for six months
Either you or your partner is domiciled in England or Wales ( the legal term for the country you consider your ‘roots’ are or where you have your permanent home)
However, it is not always as simple as the above to establish which country has jurisdiction in an individual case. The country where divorce proceedings are issued first can affect which court has jurisdiction. Even if your divorce is processed in England and Wales, you may have to deal with multiple foreign systems to settle overseas assets and childcare arrangements.
How can we help you?
Our specialist international family law solicitors have hands-on experience of international divorce and have led cases from countries all over the world, including the Middle East, the United States, Africa, Europe and Asia.
We have a network of overseas lawyers who can assist you. They will advise you on the most effective and efficient process for you, taking your individual circumstances into account.
Our unique in-house accountancy team are experts in complex cross border divorces involving businesses, property, finances and assets both in the UK and abroad.
If you are based outside of the UK, we offer an online service for all of our lawyers and offices. Appointments can easily be conducted by video conferencing
Disputes over which country to issue divorce proceedings
Cross border financial claims
Offshore trusts and business interests overseas
Valuation of assets, here and abroad
International asset tracing including offshore and foreign elements
Property and real estate in the UK and abroad
Freezing assets to prevent them being moved to another jurisdiction
Division of pensions
Arrangements for children including relocation, abduction and temporary taking children abroad when separated
Get in touch
We offer an online service for all of our lawyers and offices. Appointments can easily be conducted by video conferencing.
Solicitors can be assigned to work with you from all of our office locations based on what is the most convenient for you.
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