Family law

International Divorce

Regardless of your citizenship, if you are currently resident in England or Wales or are domiciled here, it may be in your interests to file for divorce under UK law. Our experts are here to guide you through this complex area of international law.

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International divorce experts

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Can I get an international divorce?

While you can't simply pick and choose which country in the world is best for your divorce, there are certain key criteria that can enable our international divorce experts to act for you under the English legal system:

  • Both you and your spouse are residents in England or Wales
  • Either you or your spouse lives in England or Wales and has done for at least six months
  • Either party is domiciled in England or Wales: this means that even if you are currently living abroad, your permanent home is in England or Wales

Having said that, the question of which legal system has jurisdiction in an international divorce case isn't always straightforward, even where you meet the criteria above.

For example, if a couple are domiciled in England and Wales but live abroad, one of them could issue divorce proceedings in the country where they are residing. The usual rule is that the country where the first petition is issued is the country that will deal with the divorce proceedings. However, in some cases, it may still be possible to issue divorce proceedings in England and Wales even if divorce proceedings have been issued abroad. It is always best to obtain legal advice as this area is complex

Does jurisdiction matter for international divorces?

Different international jurisdictions have different approaches to things such as spousal maintenance. It's therefore essential to take expert legal advice as soon as possible if divorce is a possibility and there's an international element.

Failing to start proceedings of your own in the UK before they are filed in another country could leave you at the mercy of a far less advantageous legal system. In cases like this, it really is important to act as quickly as possible by contacting our international divorce experts as soon as you decide to seek a divorce, or realise that your spouse is considering doing so. Call us now on [CallbackNumber]] or contact us and we will call you.

Why choose us for an international divorce?

International divorce can be fraught with complexity, due largely to the different laws and remedies that exist across different jurisdictions. Whether you are based in Dubai, the UAE, Spain or anywhere else in the world, you need to take advice from an expert international divorce lawyer at the first opportunity.

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