Our team of highly qualified and experienced lawyers advise expatriates from around the world, but in particular from expatriate hubs such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Singapore and Hong Kong.
We advise many hundreds of British expatriates on family law matters each year.
On a daily basis our lawyers are instructed on family matters involving an international aspect, from the separation of multi-national couples to the safe recovery of abducted children.
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Our firm specialises in international divorce for expatriates. We advise on the appropriate ‘jurisdiction’ for divorce, in other words which courts may accept a divorce from an expatriate living or moving abroad.
Many British expatriates are not aware that they can divorce simply and inexpensively through the English courts, without returning home. The process can be dealt with on paper, without the requirement to attend court, in as
little as 5 months. Divorcing through the English courts can take away the fear and uncertainty of divorcing in an international jurisdiction. A divorce through the English courts usually entitles the court to additionally make financial orders for example for maintenance or division of property. Such orders may not be possible in the expatriate jurisdiction.
England is notoriously known as the ‘divorce capital’ of the world, as a result of the generous financial awards made for wives, including lengthy periods of spousal support. International divorce can be complex, and an inaccurate jurisdiction plea in a divorce petition can have detrimental effect on the financial award one party may receive. Our lawyers are specialists in this field to ensure each client receives the best possible outcome.