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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

27 Mar 2020

Domestic abuse incidents may rise due to UK lockdown

We are concerned for those who might be victims of domestic violence suffering more than ever during the UK lockdown. Managing partner Amanda McAlister has issued some advice.  

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24 Mar 2020

Separated parents and child contact during UK lockdown

Following the new lockdown rules announced last night (Monday 23 March) in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus, for the next three weeks everyone will only be able to leave their homes for one of four reasons:

  1. Shopping for necessities
  2. Once a day for exercise
  3. Medical need or providing care
  4. Travelling to or from work (if you can't work from home)

We look at what this means for children, particularly if they reside with your ex- partner.

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3 Mar 2020

The Domestic Abuse Bill

The latest version of the Domestic Abuse Bill has had its first reading in the House of Commons.  Domestic abuse accounts for a third of all violent crime.  We look at the bill in more detail and examine the implications.

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