We tailor our approach to you and your circumstance. By working closely with our tax, trusts and property teams we can provide you with a full and comprehensive service. We have particular expertise in complex financial cases involving family trusts, businesses and international assets.
As members of Resolution, we will always encourage approaching family matters in the least confrontational way.
We are here to guide you through the proceedings and ensure you are well protected. We will work closely with you to defend your interests, whether through the courts or alternative dispute resolution, and practically advise on any immediate financial concerns, maintenance and the division of assets.
International or expat divorces can be extremely complex with laws differing from country to country.
The English legal system often provides financially beneficial results which are quicker and more effective. It is important to speak with a legal advisor as soon as possible before issuing divorce proceedings.
You may be facing divorce, ending a civil partnership, entering a relationship as a step parent or separating with / without a cohabitation agreement. In any situation your children’s future arrangements should be cared for.
With the emotions and stress that come with a divorce, either partner may wish to return to their home country and take their children with them. Removing a child from the country where they live without your spouse’s written consent is considered abduction and is a criminal offence. When questioning your residence during divorce proceedings, you must seek advice as it is likely you will need the courts permission.
If you are considering entering a marriage, a civil partnership or are moving abroad we would advise you to consider whether your joint financial plans should be recorded in an agreement setting out which financial assets you each own. This can outline, if the relationship were to breakdown, which law should apply and what should happen. The weight given to a nuptial agreement differs from country to country.
As members of Lexwork international we have contacts with over 2500 lawyers in major cities across Europe, America and Asia.
We can minimise the legal and financial problems associated with separation through a cohabitation agreement. The terms ‘common law spouses’ or ‘common law husband and wife’ do not confer any legal rights or financial obligations, so if no contract is drawn you could be left with nothing, or a complex and costly dispute.
Once agreed at the beginning, this can save on the pressures and heartache in the event of a break up.
It is a voluntary process and the couple are guided by an experienced mediator to enable them to reach informed decisions following discussion and negotiation. The mediator is appointed by the couple jointly and is strictly neutral. Their role is to assist the couple and other family members to reach decisions that are workable and agreed. Mediation often produces individually tailored solutions that are more likely to be satisfactory for all concerned.
Find out more about our mediation services.
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