Our International Family Law Group is recognised as one of the best cross-border EU family law departments in London with particular expertise in cases with an international/multi-jurisdictional element.
Our family lawyers in the European cross-border family practice look after the interests of families and children with a specific focus on international families as well as those who travel, live and have connections in different countries around the world. We routinely advise on international family cases with a cross-border element as well as assisting international clients with a wide variety of questions about how the English, Italian, Spanish or German legal systems might apply to them, taking advantage of our links with leading family lawyers from around the globe where necessary.
In an increasingly global society, family law disputes which involve more than one country are becoming more frequent. Many families facing divorce find that there is an international element to their case. For example, one person might be eligible to divorce in England and a different jurisdiction and where you choose could have a big impact on your settlement. If a wife divorces in Italy or Spain, she may only receive two to three years of maintenance, by contrast, in England, she may be entitled to maintenance for the rest of her life.
Our team includes specialist accredited English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arab and South African lawyers, family and civil mediators, collaborative lawyers and arbitrators. Our International Family Law Group has a network of specialist family lawyers from our offices in Europe and across the world.
Our family lawyers are often asked to issue divorce proceedings in England in order to establish jurisdiction here, so that the English Courts can deal with the financial aspects and we often deal with jurisdictional interlocutory hearings at all levels before the European courts, where our expertise in cross-border family law and the application of the various EU Regulations greatly helps our clients to navigate through the complex issues of jurisdiction. We have extensive experience helping clients with international family law issues and our expertise also includes the financial aspects of relationship breakdown. We act for many high net worth individuals with global and complex assets; the following are recent cases:
We have particular expertise in arranging for properties and pensions to be divided in England, where the divorce takes place abroad.
If you require further information or advice from our team of specialist family lawyers in the International Family Law Group, please contact a member of our Client Relations Team by: