International Divorce and Family Law

Our international family law team is led by Kevin Harris-James who is based in our Birmingham, and Worcester offices. Kevin is a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) and as such recognised for his skills and experience in this highly specialised aspect of Divorce.

The team comprises of Andrew Caldicott (Partner who is based in our Hereford and Wye Valley offices), Carolyn Green (Partner in our Cheltenham office), and Andrew Morris (Senior Associate in our Thames Valley office).

We have capacity, strength and depth across our regional offices. Furthermore we work closely with many specialist family lawyers through the IAML around the world on behalf of our clients to ensure that they are able to obtain specialist advice from other family lawyers in other jurisdictions. We can assist all international issues arising, for example:

  • Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements;
  • Divorce – forum shopping;
  • Financial claims and entitlements to include the freezing of overseas assets and enforcement in foreign jurisdictions;
  • Child relocation / International child abduction.

A lot of British people live abroad. The international dynamic in a marriage is increasingly common be it because of a marriage to a foreign spouse, work in another country or simply a holiday home overseas. The legal implications and considerations arising are thus increasingly complicated and specialised.

Getting married abroad

It is advisable to take legal advice because your marital status can affect a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • The legal recognition of pre and post nuptial agreements
  • Financial issues at the time of relationship breakdown
  • Taxation
  • Wills and inheritance
  • Succession
  • The legitimacy of children
  • Immigration and visa status

Where to divorce?

It is increasingly common for a Spouse have close connections to more than one country, either because of birth or marriage outside of England and Wales or having lived or worked abroad. On Divorce this may give rise to a choice as to the appropriate jurisdiction in which to issue Divorce proceedings.