Thinking of Relocating

Across the firm we have highly experienced lawyers who can give you comprehensive advice about your relocation plans.  We work with colleagues in our Immigration, Real Estate and Private Client (tax) teams to make sure your relocation to or within the UK, or overseas, is well planned and legally viable. 

We understand how much is at stake when considering the relocation of your children. We can help to remove some of the stress and uncertainty involved when moving from one country to another.  

Our team of family lawyers has a longstanding reputation in acting for or advising parents who are relocating. Our work is recognised by the leading legal directories. 

A growing number of international entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and their families relocate to the UK or move from the UK overseas.  Families and individuals come to us for joined up advice to prepare for:

Whether you are seeking advice for your whole family, or you are planning to move with your children at the end of a relationship, it is crucial to take legal advice as early as possible. 

If you are faced with a dispute about children being taken abroad, our experienced family lawyers can explain the options available to you and can make an application to court if necessary.  We work with foreign lawyers if needed, to ensure your interests are protected.

Recent examples of work

  • Acting for a father, opposing the mother’s application to permanently remove the parties’ two children to Abu Dhabi to live with the mother’s new husband. The mother’s historic conduct raised significant concerns about the sustainability of his relationship with the girls if they were to go. The case required an understanding of the law in the UAE  (where we have strong contacts) and the instruction of Islamic Law experts.   The case involved important issues regarding leave to remove, Wardship, illegitimacy in the UAE and security when relocation children to non-Hague convention countries.
  • Acting for a mother seeking to relocate to Germany with her two teenage children. The case was finely balanced given the age of the children, but following the instruction of an independent social worker who supported the mother's plans, her application was allowed.
  • Acting for a father opposing the mother’s application for permission to relocate the parties’ two year old son to Hong Kong (her home country where her family resided).  Advising the father in relation to both the complex financial issues and the international relocation dispute, providing him with continuity of representation. The Judge refused the mother’s permission to relocate and ordered an increase in contact with our client, so that the father would effectively share the child’s care with the mother.  This was a life-changing result for our client and his son.

WHAT IS SAID ABOUT US

"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"I always think of them as having a Rolls-Royce service but they are particularly good when there's a European element to the case."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Very strong litigation practice, with some of the best up-and-coming stars of tomorrow"

Legal 500 UK

"A standout firm"

Legal 500 UK

"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

 

If you require further information or advice from our team of specialist family lawyers, please contact a member of our team or call us on +44 (0)20 7814 1200.

Kingsley Napley Dubai - Services for expats living and working in Dubai

"They made a very difficult time much easier to deal with. Their professionalism kept me sane and focused on the outcome I needed"

Client

"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"All have been excellent and have shown great diligence and practicality, along with sensitivity during a very difficult time in my life"

Client

"Rolls-Royce service and particularly good when there's a European element to the case"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"A standout firm"

Legal 500 UK

"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession


Moving your children abroad after separation

Services

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.

Moving with Children within The UK

The law as to moving within England and Wales has become more in line with applications to relocate abroad. Our team has considerable experience in advising clients who wish to move with their children to a different part of the UK.

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.

British Expat Divorce in the UAE

Family law services for British expats living and working in Dubai and the UAE

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.

International Divorce

Our lawyers have been at the forefront of developments and are recognised leaders in international family law.

International Family Law

Whether you or your partner live abroad or hold assets abroad. We can assist with immigration questions, property, succession and tax planning.

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