International Family Law
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International Family Law
The global nature of the way in which we live and work can make settlements more difficult if a relationship breaks down.
When partners from different countries separate, it’s vital to have the support and advice of an experienced jurisdiction lawyer.
A divorce or separation is stressful enough, but the intricacies of international law can add to the complexity considerably. Our jurisdiction lawyers can take off the strain by providing simple solutions to complex legal problems.
In addition to our main divorce law team, we also have lawyers who specialise in international family law. Whilst cross-border considerations make child custody and cohabitation arrangements more complicated, our team has the specialist knowledge and experience to achieve the best solution for you and your family.
It’s vital that you have access to advisers who adopt a forensic approach, understand international jurisdictions and are attuned to cross-border relationships, helping to separate assets in different countries with conviction. Protecting you and your international interests is familiar territory for us.
- Whether it is different nationalities, residencies or overseas assets involved, we have the skilled experience to overcome challenges and resolve disputes
- We can help if you are having difficulty in your relationship and are unsure about how your personal affairs will be affected if you split from your partner
- Our highly specialist knowledge covers issues such as jurisdiction choice, financial claims within English or other jurisdictions, and off-shore business interests
- Cross-border disputes about children can be particularly complex as these are governed by national and international law and conventions; there is no substitute for specialist advice on jurisdiction law right at the outset
Different countries – including Scotland – may treat assets, income and pensions differently. This can mean that your future financial arrangements can depend dramatically on where you choose to divorce or separate.
You may have a choice of jurisdiction if you are a separating couple with multiple nationalities, domiciles or you live in different countries. We support you with identifying your options so that you can seek the most favourable outcome from any jurisdiction case.
Currently, in EU countries, it’s decided by who issues proceedings first to ‘seize’ the jurisdiction to the exclusion of the other. Rules for non-EU countries look at a wider range of factors, not just who issued first. Changes post-Brexit will make this potentially even more complex, as transitional arrangements may apply.
Child abduction cases are extremely complex and fact specific. Jurisdiction usually depends on Habitual Residence, i.e. where there is a proven close link to a jurisdiction. It is important to seek immediate advice.
International skill and diplomacy
With clarity and accuracy, we give rapid advice about choice of jurisdiction and its favourability for your situation. We always think and act strategically ahead, by taking account of aspects like a country’s legal costs, impartiality and how easy it would be to enforce a court order once made.
Why choose Shakespeare Martineau?
- We bring a personal approach to all of our work, providing sensitive and compassionate advice.
- Having worked with families in many jurisdiction cases in the past, you can rest assured that our solicitors will find the solution that’s right for you.
Your journey through the legal process
We have wide experience of all types of jurisdiction cases and regularly work alongside lawyers in other countries to secure the best outcome for you and your family.
Not everyone is aware of how the process of engaging international family lawyers works, so we’ve provided an overview below to give you some peace of mind:
- Once you’ve submitted a contact form via the enquire now panel to the right of this page or by using the button below, you’ll be assigned to a member of our team.
- You’ll then receive a free 20-minute consultation within 24 hours via Zoom or telephone to discuss the issues you’re facing.
- Should you then decide that you wish to use our services, you’ll receive a breakdown of all our costs and a pack of on-boarding documents. We will work closely alongside you to ensure that whichever family issue you are facing we are here to support you and find you the right solution.
- After that, a further one-hour meeting at a fixed fee cost to get to know you and your family needs with no additional charges if the call goes over an hour.
Wherever you are in the world we can help.
Submit your details below and we’ll arrange a free, no-obligation call back at a time to suit you.
Sonia Bachu is approachable and sensible but tough enough to fight the most difficult of casesClient, East Midlands
Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘heavy-hitting’ practice is reputed for its preparation of nuptial agreements and its knowledge of financial disputes stemming from relationship breakdowns. They are also experts in child-related disputes
Legal 500, 2020
Highly recommended team advising clients on the full spectrum of family law matters, from complex international disputes to sensitive children law casesChambers, 2020
Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a strong track record in complex children matters that frequently involve a cross-border dimensionLegal 500, 2020
The lawyers are experts in complex financial remedy claims and well used to dealing with high net worth casesLegal 500, 2020
Shakespeare Martineau have been working on the children and financial aspects of my divorce proceedings. Helen Bowns has very helpful in dealing with all matters including some of the complexities. Helen is professional and sympathetic to my circumstances. All documentation has been written in an exemplary fashion and produced on timeClient, Stratford
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