Expert legal advice for international divorce

Getting divorced is a stressful experience at any time, but if you or your spouse live outside the UK or are not originally from the UK, there can be extra issues to consider. This is when you need an international divorce solicitor.

Our international divorce solicitors specialise in foreign and expat divorce law.

We can help if:

  • You are originally from England or Wales but are currently living elsewhere in the world and would like the English courts to deal with your divorce.
  • You have only recently returned to live in the UK after living elsewhere in the world.
  • You are originally from outside the UK but are now living here and wish to divorce here.
  • Your spouse lives outside the UK and there may be issues concerning how to trace them or in which country the proceedings should be issued.

Whether you are eligible to divorce in the UK depends upon two things:

  1. Where you are domiciled; and
  2. Where you are habitually resident.

Domicile is a legal point which takes into account not only where you were born but also where you are living now and what your intentions are for the future. Habitual residence, on the other hand, refers to where you live and are based for the majority of the time.

Even if you and your ex-spouse have already been granted a divorce in another country, if you have strong links with England it may be possible for the English courts to deal with any financial matters arising from your divorce. Using the English legal system is often much quicker, cheaper and more effective than attempting to use your local jurisdiction and in many instances expats can be prevented from doing so.

It is also worth noting that it may be financially advantageous to divorce here, so it is important to seek specialist advice concerning expat and international divorce law before issuing divorce proceedings.

Please contact us to discuss how our specialist international divorce solicitors can help you.

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