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International divorce for people abroad using UK courts
It can be hard to know how to start the legal process of separation and to get the best advice, you’ll want to talk to an advisor who fully understands your legal situation. You’ll feel comfortable knowing your separation is being dealt with sensitively, by safe hands that know the law and how to make it work to your advantage.
If you are an ex-pat living abroad, or are living in the UK but originally from another country, you may be able to use a Court in England and Wales for your divorce. Likewise, if you’ve been served with English or Welsh divorce papers or a Child Arrangement Order, or have recently returned from living abroad, we can advise whether you’re able to issue English or Welsh proceedings.
Processing a divorce using a Court in England or Wales can be much cheaper and quicker than using a Court in another country. In some cases, if you are an ex-pat living in a foreign jurisdiction, you may even be prevented from issuing proceedings in the country you’ve moved to.
We’ll take time to understand your individual circumstances and will advise the most appropriate country’s Courts to handle your divorce and financial arrangements, and which country’s Courts can deal with matters relating to children. We will also help you to understand the role Mediation can play in reaching an out-of-Court agreement.
Although we’re based in the easily-accessible Midlands and London, we’ve used Courts in nearly every county across England and Wales to help people navigate their way through their divorce or separation. And it’s not just people living abroad we offer this service to: if you live in England and Wales and would like to use a Court anywhere in the country, we can process your separation wherever you choose.
This map shows our broad, national reach by highlighting the Courts we’ve worked with in the last few years. We like to think we know our stuff, and others think so to. That’s why we’re accredited with Resolution, the organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes; the Ministry of Justice International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU); the Child Abduction Lawyers Association and the Law Society’s Children and Family Law Advanced schemes.