Cross jurisdictional family legal advice
There has been a steady rise in families moving and marrying abroad and as a result, in the event of a relationship breakdown, complications may arise due to cross jurisdictional legal issues. Those issues may involve cross jurisdictional divorces and financial settlements and the international movement of children.
It is necessary to have extensive knowledge of international law when advising clients who have lived or married and/or have assets abroad. Careful thought and advice will need to be given in relation to which jurisdiction would be best to issue divorce proceedings or proceedings relating to children. Issuing proceedings in the correct jurisdiction is essential in financial proceedings to ensure the client can achieve the best possible financial settlement.
We also advise on the many international issues relevant to children. We have expertise in the international relocation of children for instance if you wish to move or travel abroad with your child or if you wish to prevent a child from being taken abroad. We also advise on international child abduction to include when a child is taken or retained abroad without consent or when a child is brought to this country without consent. We have experience of both Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention cases . It is vital that early advice is sought on these issues.
We are highly experienced in advising clients on foreign elements in family matters. We are a member of Interleges which enables the firm to work with lawyers across the world on matters that may require international expertise.