Although your relationship may have broken down, divorce is not the only option. While for the majority of couples a divorce is the sensible way to formalise their separation, many decide not to divorce immediately or at all.
Considering Divorce or Separation
Considering divorce or separation is stressful and affects people in different ways. Our experienced family lawyers will listen and discuss the options with you.
Anglo French Divorce and Separation
There are important differences in the financial outcomes between English and French law (or the laws of other Francophone countries) in situations of separation or divorce. Clients often have a choice of where to bring proceedings, so seeking early advice is often of vital importance to the outcome.
Taking Children Abroad
Both parents (if they have parental responsibility) must consent to their child being taken out of the country (even if it is just for a holiday). Failure to obtain such a consent could be classed as child abduction. We have a longstanding reputation in acting for or advising parents who wish to take their child abroad to live and parents who want to prevent such a move.
Cohabitants and Unmarried Families
The impact of separation on the ownership of property and other assets is a complex area of law. Our family and property litigation lawyers are highly experienced in relation to property disputes between unmarried couples.
Spending Time with Your Children
Our team recognises the emotional impact of a separation on you and your children. Our advice is tailored towards providing a solution that puts your children first, including advising on complex child contact issues in the UK and cases with an international element.
Moving Abroad with Children - Frequently Asked Questions
One of the most difficult situations that can arise following a separation is where one parent wants or needs to move abroad with their child and the other parent does not want to, or cannot, move to the same country. We work with many parents in this situation and have set out below some FAQs to give an overview of some common issues and how they might be tackled.
Alternatives to Litigation
Going through litigation and the court system is not always the best route for everyone faced with divorce or separation. We can guide you through alternatives to going through court such as mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.
Choosing the Right Divorce Jurisdiction
Separating couples who between them have residences, domiciles and/or nationalities involving more than one country may have a choice as to where they divorce or where they dispute financial arrangements for themselves or children. Lawyers call this a choice of jurisdiction or forum.
Divorce Et Séparations Des Couples Franco-Britanniques
Les conséquences financières sont très différentes entre le droit français (ou d'autres pays francophones) et le droit anglais en cas de séparation ou de divorce. Il revient souvent aux clients de choisir la juridiction pour leur affaire, et c'est pourquoi, en fonction du résultat recherché, il est crucial de solliciter des conseils juridiques aussi tôt que possible.