Brexit – An International Divorce?

The triggering of article 50 by the UK (whereby Britain will leave the EU) is going to lead to chaos in international divorce cases. At the moment, there is automatic recognition of divorce and custody orders, certainty in terms of jurisdiction and EU wide enforcement of maintenance orders. In the absence of new conventions / […]

Brexit – what does this mean for international divorces?

No-one knows for certain what will happen in international divorce cases when the UK leaves the EU – Theresa May has suggested in the last few days that all EU laws will be incorporated into UK domestic legislation but this is unlikely to benefit UK citizens in international divorce cases unless there are reciprocal rights, […]

Expat Divorce

A recent case involving a British Expat and an Ethiopian national has underlined the risks of dealing with an international case without having expert support. The British husband who was based in Indonesia issued divorce proceedings in England on the basis of his sole domicile, (presumably) believing that this would be straightforward and not expose […]

Divorcing in the EU

In order to support the free movement of citizens within the EU, it is necessary for laws to be enacted by the EU to give certainty of outcome and to allow decisions of one EU Court to be recognised and enforced in another. One such law is Brussells II bis which governs jurisdiction for divorce […]

Expat Divorce and UK pensions

If a UK national moves abroad and subsequently divorces there, it is important that assets in the UK are not overlooked, particularly UK public service or final salary pensions which can be extremely valuable. Some foreign courts will not take into account UK pensions, but others will declare that a divorcing spouse is entitled to […]