International Divorce

International Divorce

Married couples often have links to other countries by birth or where they are presently living. Many international families find at the time of relationship breakdown that two or more countries can deal with issues, but often the financial outcomes accompanying the divorce can be dramatically different.

It is very important to find out which is the best country for you in any proceedings. There can be unfairness and injustice due to the wide disparity of final financial orders made in different countries.

This is known as “forum shopping” and it may well be prudent to ensure that a divorce petition is quickly and promptly issued in England & Wales if this would give you the best possible financial outcome.

There are specific rules relating to whether you can use the divorce courts in England & Wales. These usually relate to whether you are domiciled in England & Wales, or habitually resident or have sufficient connection.

If there are two competing jurisdictions that can deal with your divorce then it would be advisable to

  • Decide what are the countries in which proceedings could be issued
  • Ascertain the outcomes in those countries with jurisdiction
  • Arrange for a petition to be issued appropriately as often it can depend upon where the proceedings are started first.

Our family department has over 50 years experience of family law, advising and supporting clients and their families from all over England and Wales.

For a discussion to find out how we can help you can:

Speak to one of our divorce experts, Carole Nettleton or Nicholas Clough on +44 161 615 5554
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If you are based outside of the Manchester area, we can correspond with you by email and we can arrange interviews by phone, Skype, Facetime or Zoom.