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International Divorce

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International Divorce

There a few events in life which are more stressful and emotionally traumatic than divorce. Regardless of the circumstances, making the decision to separate from your partner is often very difficult and can leave us feeling vulnerable and worried about the future. Matters can be even more complex for those whose marriage extends across international borders.

As a London based law firm, AQ Archers Solicitors specialise in all matters relating to international divorce law including:

  • Cross jurisdictional divorce
  • International property and assets
  • Freezing orders
  • International financial arrangement
  • Child arrangements
  • Sharia law

We understand the importance of protecting your wealth and will always provide a strictly confidential service, managing any media interest in your divorce proceedings where necessary.

 

In which jurisdiction will my divorce be heard?

Brussels II Revised is an EU regulation which requires that divorce, legal separation or annulment matters should be handled in the EU member state where:

  • the spouses are habitually resident, or
  • the spouses were last habitually resident, insofar as one of them still resides there, or
  • the respondent is habitually resident, or
  • in the event of a joint application, either of the spouses is habitually resident, or
  • the applicant is habitually resident if he or she resided there for at least a year immediately before the application was made, or
  • the applicant is habitually resident if he or she resided there for at least six months immediately before the application was made and is either a national of the Member State in question or, in the case of the United Kingdom and Ireland, has his or her ‘domicile’ there;

Courts based in London are considered to be more generous to financially dependant spouses – for this reason, it has earned the reputation of being the divorce capital of the world. You will be able to file for divorce in England and Wales if one of you are domiciled in the UK. In cross-jurisdictional divorces, in the knowledge of how favourable London courts can be to dependant spouses, it can be something of a race to file for divorce in a preferred jurisdiction.

 

How will our international assets be treated?

When coming to a financial settlement with your ex-wife/husband, you will both need to provide a full and frank disclosure of your respective property and assets, regardless of where they are located in the world. You will then need to agree how these should be split in the fairest way possible. If you have a concern that the other party is concealing financial assets, UK Courts have the power to force them to disclose any missing items, and if necessary, a freezing order to prevent assets being disposed of. Failure to make a full and frank disclosure is against the law and can lead to a decision being made by the Courts against the interests of the non-disclosing party.

 

Why should I engage AQ Archers to assist with my international divorce?

As specialists in international divorce, we care and will do the best we can to help you and your loved ones through the process. International divorces, especially those involving high-net-worth individuals, can be fraught with complexity and issues relating to conflicting jurisdictional laws.

We firmly believe that all parties to a divorce should be treated with respect, fairness, and transparency. As such, our team will fight hard to ensure that any attempt to hide assets or wealth is prevented or handled robustly. Furthermore, where children are involved, we understand that it is important to preserve relationships as much as possible, in their long term interests. This will ensure ongoing cooperation in relation to child arrangement matters and financial arrangements.

 

AQ Archers, based in London, can assist you with all aspects of international divorce. To speak to one of our consultants, please call 020 8521 2605.

Our lawyers will also represent you in civil litigation cases such as divorce.