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Divorce can be emotional and stressful, but for couples going through an international divorce the process is even more difficult.

International law, procedures and requirements regarding all aspects of family law such as divorce, financial settlements, child custody and maintenance, are significantly different from laws in England and Wales. 

If any of the following scenarios apply, then you may need an international family solicitor:

  • You married in a different country
  • One or both of you live in a different country
  • One or both of you have property or assets overseas
  • There may be issues regarding international child arrangements

Obtaining legal advice at an early stage when considering an international divorce is essential as this largely affects any matrimonial assets, provisions for your children, tax, inheritance and immigration status, to name but a few. The court that receives the first divorce petition will stipulate where your divorce will take place and which country will have jurisdiction in your divorce.

Choosing a jurisdiction for international divorce

The country your divorce takes place in will have a big impact on your financial settlement arising out of your divorce. The requirements to divorce in a certain country will depend on the following:

  • Habitual residence
  • Domicile (the country that you treat as your permanent home)
  • Nationality
  • Country your marriage took place in

In certain circumstances, you may be able to choose the jurisdiction that will deal with your divorce and therefore may be more likely to obtain a better outcome. It is therefore vital to act fast and obtain legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

If you are considering an international divorce, our specialist family law team can help you. We offer competitive rates to deal with your matter. You may be eligible for our free initial 30 minute consultation as well as a second 30 minute consultation for £50, which you can arrange by free phoning us on 0300 303 3629.



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