A positive, fast-moving approach to help ensure that your international divorce case is heard in the country of your choice.

If you have married a non-UK national or you live abroad as a married couple there could be international issues to consider in the breakdown of your marriage. Where the divorce takes place is critical, as other countries’ laws about children, property and finance may not favour you. It is beneficial for you to be the first person to issue divorce proceedings, so you will have to move fast to ensure your case is heard in the country most appropriate for you. As experts in family law and international divorce specialists, we can provide the advice you need and react quickly to secure the results you want.

Do I need an international divorce lawyer?

Whether you are the party issuing divorce proceedings or have received them in a situation where there is an international element, it’s vital to ensure that you get expert legal advice as soon as possible to protect your interests and those of any children you have. You should seek advice as soon as the relationship has come to an end.

Is it best to start proceedings for an international divorce in the UK?

If you have married a non-UK national or you are living abroad as a married couple, it may be possible to start divorce proceedings in more than one country. When you are deciding where those proceedings should take place, it’s important to consider where you are domiciled, where most of your assets are and if orders from courts in England and Wales can be enforced in the other jurisdictions. Your divorce does not have to take place in the country where you were married.

The decision about where to issue divorce proceedings can be urgent, as your spouse may want to take advantage of the laws in a different country which can make a considerable difference to the outcome.

Other countries’ laws about your children, property and finance may not result in your favour. You will need specialist legal advice on how the outcome may affect your children’s living arrangements and your finances.

The laws of the country in which the first person issues their divorce petition can take precedence, so you will need to move quickly if you want your divorce to take place in England and wales. We can confirm whether you meet the criteria for your divorce to be heard in the courts in England and Wales and, if it’s permitted, we will move fast to issue your petition before your ex-partner starts proceedings abroad.

It’s important not to tell your spouse you are seeking a divorce before the petition is issued, or they may try to be the first to issue proceedings in a country that suits them better.

All of this makes an international divorce more pressured than a domestic one. We are here to support you, and we will work quickly and efficiently to help relieve that pressure. You can rely on our expertise as specialists in family law, and our strong reputation for handling and resolving international divorce cases.

If you sense your relationship is breaking down or you want to bring it to an end, contact us as soon as possible.

How much does a divorce with an international element cost?

The cost of international divorce proceedings can vary greatly, depending on the countries involved and complexity of the case. At Moore Barlow, we have a number of contacts with renowned and recommended lawyers in many other countries who would work along side us and we can provide you with guidance on their fees at the very beginning of proceedings.

How to find the right international divorce lawyers

If you’re looking for legal advice about an international divorce, Moore Barlow Solicitors are ideally placed to offer expert help and support with our offices in London, Southampton, Lymington, Richmond, Woking and Guildford and clients both nationwide and global. We are specialists in international family law, including international family disputes, divorces and separations, so we can offer our years of experience to benefit your case. We are recommended by Legal 500, the independent legal directory, as an “excellent, proactive and responsive practice.”

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