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World-leading experts in Child and Family Law

McAlister Family Law are world-leading experts in Child and Family Law, practicing English law in the divorce capital of the world for a wide range of national and international clients. Our team have represented clients from countries around the world, including USA, Dubai, Australia, France and Germany.

Our International team is headed by partner Liz Cowell, who is a Deputy District Judge and a member of the International Academy of Family lawyers (IAFL), a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled Family Law specialists in their respective countries.

All our international work is conducted from our London office which is located conveniently close to the Central Family Court where all of our international cases are issued and heard.

International work

  • Jurisdiction disputes including advice on the most appropriate jurisdiction for divorce
  • Recognition of foreign marriages and divorces
  • Recognition of foreign/domestic civil partnerships and same-sex marriages
  • Financial provision following a foreign divorce
  • Enforcement of court orders abroad and foreign court orders in England and Wales
  • International relocation of children
  • Surrogacy, assisted reproduction and international adoption
  • Offshore corporate and trust arrangements
  • Pre and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements

Our international clients

Our expert lawyers use their individual knowledge, language skills and worldwide contacts to advise a range of clients including:

  • UK nationals living or working abroad
  • Foreign nationals living or working in England and Wales or contemplating moving to England and Wales
  • Foreign nationals living abroad who want to divorce in England and Wales
  • Parents who want to relocate abroad or who want to create or enforce arrangements affecting their children
  • Parents seeking parental orders to deal with surrogacy or assisted reproduction
  • Foreign trustees, settlors, beneficiaries and family offices
  • Same sex couples seeking advice on their foreign marriage or civil partnership
  • Foreign lawyers

International Team Work

There will be occasions when we require input and guidance from third parties to ensure that we obtain the best possible result for you and your family. The McAlister Family Law team work closely with other divorce and Family Law experts from around the globe to provide an unrivalled international service.

International Children Law

The McAlister children team are experts in international Child Law and have represented both parents and children from around the world. We are specialists in child abduction and international child relocation.

International Highlights

19 Feb 2019

What is Parental Alienation?

 Parental alienation, as it has come to be known, is a term that has been used with increasing frequency in the debate over child contact, following the separation of the child(ren)'s parents.   Donna Roberts explains.

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14 Feb 2019

What happens to my pension if I separate or divorce?

When married couples separate, the divorce itself is intended to be a straight forward procedure, even more so when no-fault divorce is made law. But with divorce comes the issue of resolving your financial arrangements.  Everything relevant is considered: the assets of the marriage, which might be the matrimonial home and/or other properties - perhaps a holiday home - any business interests, savings, investments and, of course, pensions.

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11 Feb 2019

Algorithms and the care system

The Law Society plans to hold sessions in Cardiff and London in February 2019 to consider the use of and ethics of algorithms in the justice system In England and Wales. Isabelle Chatterton examines the implications for families. 

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