We understand international divorce...
Ending a relationship is difficult at the best of times but international divorce brings added complexity. You need experienced lawyers who understand your position and can act quickly and decisively.
Whether you're dealing with a financial settlement, the arrangements for your children or both, cross border divorce can seem overwhelming. And Brexit has resulted in some fundamental changes to the law and practice that makes it even more important that you have absolute confidence in the expertise and experience of your divorce solicitors. Our focus is on providing straightforward and practical advice, working with you to protect your interests and deliver the support you need to cut through the complexities and achieve the best possible outcome. Although it may be necessary to take urgent action in some cases, we will still always look to reduce conflict and cost. This approach is at the heart of what we do.
Many of the senior members of our family and children team are Fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). This is a global network that recognises the most experienced and skilled family lawyers in different jurisdictions around the world. We know many of these leading international lawyers personally and have built up close professional relationships with them over many years, giving you the best chance of getting the right outcome in even the most complex situations.
When you're planning your wedding, you obviously hope that your marriage will be a long and happy one. But although it might not seem to be the most romantic thing to do, there are real benefits to deciding at the beginning what you would like to happen if you unfortunately split up, rather than trying to unpick everything at the end. Where there are international factors, this is even more important and this is why our lawyers across the country increasingly advise on and prepare marital (or nuptial) agreements (prenups and postnups).
Disputes about where children live after a divorce and the arrangements for seeing their separated or divorced parents (still called custody and access in many countries around the world even though that term hasn't applied in England and Wales for very many years now) are made that much more difficult when different jurisdictions are involved. The same goes for decisions about whether a parent should be allowed to move abroad with their children which is not only hugely difficult emotionally but can also be legally complicated. What is the main reason for the move? How will the parent left behind maintain a strong relationship with the children? How will the children's own views be taken into account?
And there are few more difficult and distressing circumstances than where a child is taken out of the country without one parent's permission. We have specialists who have vast experience in dealing with these abduction cases, combining first class legal knowledge with a genuine understanding of the human story behind the legal headlines.
Our children team experts know how difficult these issues can be to deal with and how a court will approach them if they cannot be resolved by agreement.
To help you to communicate effectively when resolving disputes, we've partnered with iMA Strategies to identify which communication and engagement style you have.
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Child arrangements following move overseas
Protecting family businesses
Transferring foreign children proceedings