As travel and technology make the world feel smaller, it is becoming more common for families to have an international dimension.  This adds complexity to family law matters, particularly where there are children involved.

Whatever your nationality and country of residence, we can act quickly to consider which laws apply in your international family law case and which jurisdiction will be the most beneficial to you.

To ensure the best outcome, we work with international experts including forensic accountants, tax specialists and pension advisors.  This helps us to ensure that all aspects of your personal situation are considered from an early stage.

We are mindful that you have a busy life with conflicting appointments and it can be difficult to work with solicitors in different time zones.  So, we operate outside of the usual London office hours to assist with international child abduction, international custody issues and child arrangements, international child contact, overseas enforcement of court orders, overseas marriage and international divorce.

Examples of Recent Cases

  • Gaining an order allowing a mother to relocate from England to New Zealand with her children.
  • Negotiating a highly favourable out of court settlement for a high-net-worth professional living in Singapore.
  • Representing a mother seeking a child arrangements order, housing and maintenance for her son in England, which was complicated by the fact that divorce proceedings were ongoing in Europe.
  • Negotiating a complex pre-nuptial agreement for a high-profile client with extensive assets in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Representing an American husband to appeal an order in ongoing financial proceedings due to a breach of his Article 6 right to a fair hearing.
  • Negotiating a carefully structured agreement for a wife whose husband, as well as considerable marital assets, were located in Iraq.

How can I instruct a solicitor from overseas?

Solicitors in England are bound by professional rules of conduct, including client identification and money laundering regulations.

In some circumstances it is possible to proceed without meeting a client, but we would usually need someone in the UK to have a Power of Attorney and be able to identify the ultimate client.  This can be achieved by having a lawyer in your country of residence carry out the appropriate identity checks. 

 You can meet with us on Skype, over Zoom, in person, or speak to us on the telephone at a time that works for you.

How much will it cost?

Every situation is different so you can choose the level of assistance you need, from a one-off consultation to review your arrangements or full representation in more complicated matters.  Therefore costs will vary.

Please be assured that we have a transparent approach to fees and will provide you with cost estimates at each stage.  For international matters we require a payment on account to be made and clients are then invoiced on a monthly basis, with a full breakdown of the work carried out.

Our flexible working practice means we are able to offer competitive fees despite our central London location.

Where are you based?

Allard Bailey Family Law is based in Holborn, London. We also have an office in Hertfordshire. Our team of divorce and family solicitors can guide you through the divorce process with empathy, keeping you fully informed at every stage. You can meet our divorce lawyers in our offices in London or Hertford for a face-to-face consultation, or wherever is most convenient for you. We can be reached anytime via:

(+44) 020 7993 2936

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