International divorce

If you're getting divorced and one of you lives abroad, or you have international assets, our international law solicitors can help.

What's different about an international divorce?

A divorce is a complex process that can be all the more complicated if any part of your life – for example, your finances or your children – involves an international element. Whether it’s Europe, the US or anywhere else, different legal systems have different laws, and the length of a divorce and its financial implications can vary significantly.

If you are a UK citizen living abroad you may still be able to use the legal system of England and Wales to petition for divorce. However, selecting a jurisdiction for your divorce (also known as ‘forum shopping’) can have a significant effect on the outcome and the time it may take. 

If you have children, issues such as moving abroad could add more layers of complication to your case. In the case of abduction, or unlawful retention, you should contact us immediately for help. Whatever your circumstances, you need to act quickly. But you also need to make the right decisions, so it’s vital that you find good legal advice as soon possible.

How we can help you

The Tees family law team includes a number of international law specialists. We will explain the legal options available, and help you make sense of all the options. 

We're specialists in child law

We have a wealth of experience advising parents who want to take their children to live abroad as well as parents who want to prevent an ex-partner from doing this. Applications to court are sometimes necessary and our lawyers can help you deal with these. In some cases we have helped parents who have fled with their children to another country, or to the UK, and in other cases we have helped those who want to get their children back. We can also help with foreign maintenance orders and financial orders made abroad.

We support you at every step

Whatever your situation, our experts are here to help you make sense of what is happening and to support you through every step. Drawing on all the experience and expertise in our team, we will ensure you understand the implications of every decision you make and will do everything we can to protect you, your family and your finances. 

What to do next

If your divorce has an international aspect, give us a call. A dedicated family law solicitor will outline your options and tell you how we can help.

Come in and see us for a FREE 30 minute face-to-face consultation about your options. Alternatively, if you want us to take a closer look at your situation, for a fixed fee of £150 + VAT, we can talk with you for up to 90 minutes.

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