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?

We are winners of the Family Law Firm of the Year award – Midlands and Wales. You can find out more by reading our recent blog.

Our family solictors have tier 1 rankings in the Legal 500 2021 and have ten top tier rankings in the Legal 500 & Chambers.

We are completely transparent with our pricing from the get-go and once you have been assigned a dedicated team you will be provided with a breakdown of costs.

How the family law legal process works

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

To request a free no-obligation consultation fill out our contact us form by using the 'Get Started' button below or alternatively you can call us on 0330 024 0333. Once you’ve submitted the contact form, a member of our team will call you back to discuss your enquiry.

You’ll then receive a free 15-minute no-obligation consultation within 24 hours via Zoom or telephone to discuss your conveyancing matter.

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 service you need we are here to support you.

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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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.