Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer an initial consultation about an International Divorce. To discuss your situation call our International Divorce Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us.
From outside the UK please call +44 20 7657 1555

When married couples living overseas separate and decide to get a divorce, there’s often doubt as to which Country the Divorce Proceedings should be issued in.

Different countries have different divorce laws, so choosing the best jurisdiction for your divorce is a very important decision that we can help you with.

English Divorce Courts Have Jurisdiction When:

1. Both parties are resident in England or Wales.

2. Both parties were last jointly habitually resident in England or Wales and one still resides there.

3. The respondent is habitually resident in England or Wales

4. The divorce petitioner is habitually resident in England or Wales and has resided there for the last 12 months.

5. The petitioner is domiciled and habitually resident in England or Wales and has resided there for at least the last 6 months.

6. Both parties are domiciled in England or Wales.

For example, if an English family is living in Spain or Portugal, and the husband meets someone else and wants to get a divorce, our legal advice to the wife would be to start divorce proceedings in the UK as soon as possible by issuing a divorce petition in the UK.

If her husband issues divorce proceedings first in Spain, the Spanish Courts will have exclusive jurisdiction. In that case, the wife might receive a less favourable financial settlement, as some Courts outside of the UK favour a financial clean break, and therefore she might lose the right to spousal maintenance.

Whether you live in Dubai, UAE or in Marbella, Spain, International Divorce can be a complex area of Law and it's crucial to get expert legal advice from an International Divorce Lawyer in the UK at the earliest opportunity.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer fixed fees for International Divorce cases, including legal arrangements for children and international divorce financial settlements across multiple jurisdictions.

For an initial consultation call our International Divorce Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we will contact you.


Outside the UK call +44 20 7657 1555 - 24 hours 365 days a year.

Slater and Gordon have the largest team of Family Lawyers in the UK, over 1,450 staff in 18 offices across England, Scotland and Wales; and 1,200 staff in 70 locations across Australia.

UK Office locations include London, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Merseyside, Bristol, Newcastle, Halifax, Wakefield, Derby, Cambridge and meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire and in Hull, Yorkshire.