International Family Law

International Family Law

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If you are a UK national living abroad, a foreign national living in England and Wales, have assets abroad or your partner/spouse works abroad, or you are married to, or in a relationship with or have a child with a foreign national, you are likely to need expert international family law advice in the event your relationship breaks or has broken down.

Rules regarding which assets are eligible for inclusion in the divorce settlement, disclosure requirements and the rules regarding maintenance can vary from country to country. Identifying the best jurisdiction for clients at a very early stage of the proceedings (also known as "forum shopping") is key to helping to ensure the protection of worldwide assets held. 

At Michelmores, we have the expertise to help guide you through the complexities of international family law, and we have access to a network of expert foreign lawyers.


If you are a foreign national living in the UK or a UK national married to a foreign national, Brexit will affect how the English Courts and how the EU courts will deal with divorce, maintenance and children cases in the future. These rules change on 1 January 2021. It is essential that you take expert advice before the end of December 2020 if you are separating or separated from your spouse or partner as you may be disadvantaged if you do not act quickly.

For preliminary advice or to arrange a meeting with one of our Family law solicitors, please contact us on 0800 923 0400.

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