International Family Law

Our Family Law team are specialists in providing legal advice on International Divorce. 

Those facing a relationship breakdown are increasingly finding that their situation involves an international element. International divorce is complicated as the financial outcomes of a divorce can vary significantly from country to country.

Court proceedings can be issued in England even you and/or some of your assets are based abroad. Our family team are able to advise you as to whether you are able to divorce in England and Wales in light of your domicile or habitual residence.

PDF: Can I get a divorce in England and Wales?

You should seek advice right at the outset to find out whether you are eligible to divorce in England and Wales. In most cases, once a divorce has been commenced in one jurisdiction, the decisions regarding the finances  will take place there too. This is significant if you and your spouse have ties to other countries because the laws of another country might be more advantageous or disadvantageous to you.

The consequences of divorcing in the UK or abroad can be significant and it is therefore important that you take advice as early as possible. We understand that you will need advice and help with the procedures and the various solutions available to resolve issues.  We offer a FREE 15 minute consultation and then a meeting can be arranged in any of our London, Camberley or Wokingham offices.


My spouse and I are based in the UK but we got married abroad. Do we have to divorce in the country where we married?

Just because you married in another country does not necessarily mean you have to divorce there. It depends on a number of factors and it might be the case that your divorce is more appropriately dealt with in England and Wales, particularly if all your assets are in the UK and you have no other ties to the country where you married.

How is jurisdiction determined?

You need to be able to prove that you have a connection to the country where your application is to be submitted i.e. by showing you or your spouse are habitually resident in a country or you are domiciled there or a national of that country. You can’t just pick a country and start proceedings there because the law seems more advantageous to you.

Where is the best place to divorce?

This is not an easy question to answer as laws differ from country to country. The laws in one country might be more or less advantageous to you. It is therefore very important to take advice as early as possible from a family lawyer in the UK and also from the other jurisdiction so you can make a decision where is best for you to start any proceedings.

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