International Family Law

We help to bring harmony to international relations

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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.

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.

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 interest.

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

No matter where you are on your journey, contact us using the button below or call us on 0800 689 0746 for a free confidential consultation.

How we support you

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.

Why choose Shakespeare Martineau?

There are plenty of reasons to choose Shakespeare Martineau as your family solicitors:

We have been recognised as the Family Law Firm of the Year – Midlands & Wales in the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2020, recognising our excellent client services and the results we have achieved on complex national and international family cases.

With expertise in all aspects of family law as well as related business and financial concerns, we can assemble a bespoke team that’s perfectly positioned to support your family with its unique requirements.

Our family law experts offer a personal service, taking the time to get to know you and understand all of the issues that your family faces.

The process of engaging divorce lawyers

Not everyone is aware of how the process of engaging divorce solicitors works, so we’ve provided an overview below to give you some peace of mind:

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Our experts will arrange a 15 minute no-obligation consultation within 24 hours

If you wish to proceed, you’ll receive a breakdown of all our costs and a pack of on-boarding documents.

How can we help?

Our expert family lawyers are ready to help you and your family, contact us online below or speak to someone by calling us.

Seizing jurisdiction

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.

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Our expert family lawyers are ready to help you and your family, contact us online below or speak to someone by calling us.