Our Cheltenham team stood together

International Family Law

In a world where people travel, work and live in many different countries, we increasingly encounter issues with international angles when couples separate. We are adept at dealing with financial settlements where some or all assets may be located overseas.

Meet the team

View All
A member of our Family Law team

Our international experience

A number of our offices are in cities where there is an ‘international community’, with couples often moving to other countries for a variety of reasons, but typically education or work. We also have extensive experience of advising parents who are separating where one may wish to relocate overseas with their children, but the other parent does not agree.

Contact us

Our experience with international finances

Often, we help individuals living in cities such as Cambridge, Oxford or London who have moved from another country for work or education. Along the way they have acquired assets, such as homes or pensions in other countries, that need to be dealt with when considering a financial settlement. Often this involves the valuation of such assets, the tax implications of any changes in ownership and sometimes even locating them. We work with specialist accountants, valuers and agencies to assist in this.

We also assist with couples who have divorced in another country but not yet reached a financial settlement, and those who are based overseas but whose spouses have commenced court proceedings in the UK.

Arrangements for children


Arrangements for children can be complicated, and sometimes more so when one parent wants to live in another country. A child cannot be relocated without the permission of both parents and in circumstances where those parents cannot agree future arrangements for the children, an application to court will need to be made.

This will include a detailed assessment of any proposed living arrangements both overseas and those if the children remain in England and Wales. These proceedings are often complex, fraught with emotion and sometimes urgent, if there is a possibility of abduction. Our team of experts have considerable experience and will be able to guide you from the beginning as to how best to navigate this complicated area of law.

Legal updates and thought leadership

View All

Hear what our clients say about us

I’d like to thank you for all your help and support given to me over the last few years. I cannot thank you enough for your true professionalism. I have felt that at every interaction we had that you really understood the impacts to me and my family personally.

You navigated me through a really challenging time at a pace that was right for me. It was hugely important that I had a settled family life, and that everyone was alright in the end and indeed we are!


Mrs F Financial settlement within divorce proceedings.

I just wanted to say a really big thank you for seeing me through the whole lengthy and tricky divorce process.

You were always there to answer my questions and listen to my ranting!

To have your consistency and steadiness was a huge support and I couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you for what you do!

Client Divorce proceedings

Following the conclusion of the matter, Lucy’s client said: “The service from Lucy was superb and I will definitely utilise your company in the future. Thank you for all your patience and understanding, it was a pleasure to work with you.”

Lucy said: “Whilst no one enters into a relationship thinking it could break down, making sure your financial interests are adequately protected is essential.”

Client Protecting financial interests

“From the outset, I found Lucy to be extremely efficient, reassuring, and had every faith in her.

I was kept informed fully and correspondence was always easy, with clear communication and swift responses.”

“Efficient, reassuring” guidance from Solicitor leads to testimonial following successful divorce settlement

One of the most significant family teams in the South West and fast becoming the leading financial remedy solicitors in the region. Very accessible and client focused – real strength in depth.

Legal 500 2024 – Family

HCR should be considered as the go-to firm for family law issues in Hereford and Worcester. HCR’s reputation for quality is well known and well justified.

Legal 500 2024 – Family

The firm has a strong presence in Birmingham and in Worcester as well as their other locations across the UK.

Legal 500 2024 – Family

I recommend this firm to family and friends as I know that they will be supported and well-advised through difficult times. The firm stands out as a class above other firms.


Legal 500 2024 – Family

HCR Hewitsons is a multidisciplinary firm with very strong local foundations, as well as an important presence in London. Not every firm can offer the same breadth and reach that they can.

Legal 500 2024 – Family

HCR have a growing presence in Cambridge and have gone from a standing start of no permanent family lawyers to build a growing team.

Legal 500 2024 – Family

The firm is well known for providing sound family law advice and representation at the highest levels. A good quality firm.


Legal 500 2024 – Family

The members of the practice are hardworking, conscientious and accessible to clients and professional colleagues. They work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for their clients whilst also ensuring they deliver sound advice and ensure that clients remain grounded and have a good understanding of how their case will progress.

Legal 500 2024 – Family

How can we help you?

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.