Depending on your circumstances, it is possible that your divorce could be dealt with in two or more countries. Often it is essential that you apply for divorce before your husband or wife in order to ensure that your divorce takes priority over a divorce in another country (or before your husband or wife issues divorce in England and Wales). Financial outcomes on divorce are very different around the world, and therefore one spouse can gain a financial advantage by issuing in a particular country first. If you are the financially weaker party, England is often viewed as making the most generous financial provision in the world. Our experienced international divorce solicitors provide advice and support through all aspects of divorce proceedings to find the best solution for our clients.
If you are a foreign national living in the UK or a UK national married to a foreign national, Brexit has affected how the English Courts and the EU courts now will deal with divorce, maintenance and children cases. It is essential that you take expert advice on your situation as there is now a greater possibility of proceedings in more than one country which could result in conflicting decisions from different countries and depending on your financial circumstances this may or may not be to your advantage. At Michelmores we have expert international financial lawyers who can advise on the best outcome for you in this country as well as access to a network of foreign lawyers who can help devise the right strategy for you.