International Divorce Lawyers Berkhamsted, Amersham & Beaconsfield

Breakthrough Family Law Solicitors
The Breakthrough Family Law Solicitors Team
At Breakthrough Family Law we know how stressful going through divorce proceedings can be, especially if there are children involved. Our divorce solicitors have years of experience representing a wide range of clients. We can guide you through the relevant legal processes in a clear and simple way, helping you to protect yourself and your family and preserve your assets.
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What is international divorce?
When you apply for a divorce in a country other than where you are living, or where your permanent home is, this is known as an international divorce. This might happen because you live abroad for work, or because you and your ex end up living in different countries or because you have different nationalities.

Can I get a divorce in the UK if my marriage took place overseas?

Where you got married is irrelevant as long as the marriage is valid under the laws of the country where the marriage took place. You can get divorced in England as long as you or your spouse are habitually resident in England or domiciled here.

Countries around the world have diverse approaches to financial settlements during divorce. The UK is known to be flexible when it comes to the division of matrimonial assets. Other countries or jurisdictions have very restrictive rules. These variations in approach by different countries demonstrates that getting the jurisdiction right at the beginning is vital. It is also worth remembering that a court order is only effective in the county that granted it. There may or may not be ways to enforce the ruling elsewhere and it is important to consider this in advance. It is therefore wise to seek legal advice at the outset, so you understand your options and can make an informed decision.

In the UK, there are two primary principles with regards to children during a divorce:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount and is assessed on a case-by-case basis
  • The courts of the child’s country of ‘habitual residence’ are best placed to decide matters.

Complications can often arise if a spouse of a separated couple might want to take her children back to the UK from the marital home in continental Europe. However, as the children reside outside of the UK, the local courts are the ones who should determine residence.

The length of time that an international divorce takes to finalise, from the start of the application to the obtaining of the final order, can vary depending on your circumstances. As a very rough estimate, we expect an international divorce to take around 6 to 10 months. However, it can take significantly longer than this.

Serving family law clients across Bucks, Berks, Herts & Middlesex

Our specialist family law solicitors serve our clients across Bucks, Berks, Herts and Middlesex.

Some clients work with us remotely, others we can visit at home or they can visit our offices in AmershamBeaconsfieldBerkhamstedCheshamChorleywoodGerrard’s Cross, High Wycombe, Rickmansworth or The Chalfonts.

Wherever you are, let Breakthrough Family Law provide you with the specialist advice that you need.

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