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International Divorce


Duncan Lewis International Family Law Solicitors - International Divorce Lawyers


International divorce involves one or both parties having connections to more than one country. 


Divorce law varies in different jurisdictions; therefore it is important to take legal advice on international divorce as soon as possible, preferably before any decision has been made on where the divorce will be filed.


Filing for divorce in the country you live in may not always be the best option financially.


Speaking to one of our international divorce specialists will help clarify the issues involved in a divorce, where the parties have different nationalities or dual nationality. This is especially important if children or stepchildren are involved.


Duncan Lewis’ international family law solicitors regularly advise on international divorce, including legal advice on the benefits of a divorce hearing under the laws of England and Wales and also advising on divorce in other jurisdictions.


How can Duncan Lewis help?


Our solicitors will assist with:


  • Divorce for UK citizens living abroad
  • Divorce where one or both parties were not born in the UK
  • Divorce where one or both parties lived overseas during the marriage
  • Divorce where the marriage took place abroad
  • Issues surrounding the legality of international marriage and/or divorce
  • Joint assets in the UK and/or overseas
  • Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 in the courts of England and Wales


The team also assists with a range of issues involved in getting an international divorce, including


  • Child and children custody
  • Child contact access arrangements
  • Domestic violence
  • Domestic violence on children
  • Dowry disputes
  • Finances and property in divorce
  • Finances after divorce
  • High net worth individuals
  • International child abduction
  • International financial disputes
  • Leave to Remove application
  • Pensions in divorce and separation
  • Separation Agreements
  • Specific Issue Orders
  • Spouse or partner abandonment
  • Wardship


Our solicitors have further in-depth expertise in the following areas of international divorce.


International Divorce/ Dissolution for Same-Sex Marriage or Civil Partnership


Our solicitors can advise on international divorce where a marriage or civil partnership has broken down between same-sex couples. You can only get a divorce or dissolution in a country where your marriage or union is legally recognised, and our solicitors will be able to advise you with regards to the status of your union in a particular country and the most appropriate jurisdiction to secure a divorce or dissolution. 


For this reason same sex marriages or civil partnerships which have taken place in England may not be able to secure a divorce or dissolution when the couple are living abroad. However, the law in England allows the courts here, to accept jurisdiction ‘in the interests of justice’, so same sex couples are not left in limbo.


Islamic Divorce


Our solicitors can advise on family law matters that fall under Islamic law. This includes Islamic divorce, child custody, child contact and residence after divorce. With experts in Islamic law in the team, we will ensure that international Islamic divorces are carried out in line with Islamic principles and see that the clients are protected by both UK law and Sharia law.


The team can also assist with Islamic wills and making sure these are compliant with UK civil law.


International Divorce and Forced Marriage


A forced marriage is where one or both parties of a marriage have been coerced into getting married against their will and without their full, free consent.


Our solicitors regularly handle international divorces involving forced marriages in a jurisdiction outside the courts of England and Wales where a spouse has British citizenship. 


International Divorce and Parent-Child Abduction


In cases where international divorce may also involve parent-child abduction, our team has extensive expertise in resolving cases in which the non-custodial parent has taken children abroad.


We have affiliates overseas who can help bring about a speedy resolution and return any children to the custodial parent.


International divorce – Romance Fraud


We can advise on international divorce where one party feels they have been a victim of romance fraud and wish to divorce their spouse and/or recover monies. Our international family law team works with our successful criminal law and litigation departments in order to advise on the issues surrounding romance fraud.


Duncan Lewis’ international family law solicitors can also offer alternatives to court proceedings in cases involving international divorce, including lawyer supported family mediation.


Why choose Duncan Lewis International Family Law Solicitors?


Our solicitors are experts in their field and have significant experience handling a wide range of international divorce matters.


The Duncan Lewis family department is ranked by The Legal 500 for its Family & Matrimonial work and includes members of both the Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel and the Law Society Children Law Panel.


We are one of the select number of firms in the UK that are on the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) referral list, and the team also includes a founding member of the Child Abduction Lawyers’ Association (CALA).


A number of our solicitors are also members of Resolution, a family law association committed to resolving family disputes and problems fairly and amicably. Many are listed on the Reunite website.


Collectively, our staff can speak over 60 languages and our international family solicitors have a network of affiliates overseas, making us well placed to advise on international adoption in different jurisdictions.


Duncan Lewis International Family Law Solicitors – Fixed Fee International Divorce


How can I fund my International Family Law matter?


Duncan Lewis international family law solicitors offer an initial client meeting with a fixed fee for divorce cases involving international marriage.


Once the details of an international divorce have been assessed, it is usually possible to offer a further fixed fee scale, which will be discussed in advance. 


We advise clients considering divorce involving an international marriage, to get in touch as soon as possible for an assessment of their case, so that actions can be taken to make the process as stress-free as possible.


For expert legal advice on international divorce contact our International Family Law Solicitors in confidence on 033 3772 0409. 


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