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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

16 Jun 2020

Back to school?

Due to Covid-19, many separated parents are trying to manage the shared care of their children, manage home schooling, and ensure that they are protecting themselves and their families from the virus. In recent weeks, we have seen in the press that many separated parents are fighting each other through the courts over whether their children should return to school as the lockdown is eased. Solicitor Jonathan Casey examines the issues.

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7 Jun 2020

No-fault divorce - what it will mean

The new "no-fault" legislation aims to overhaul divorce law and reduce family conflict, and comes following overwhelming pressure from senior judges, lawyers, politicians and members of the public amid calls for reform. Parallel changes would be made to the law governing the dissolution of a civil partnership. Managing Partner Amanda McAlister explains. 

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5 Jun 2020

Fluctuating property prices and divorce

There is a lot of speculation in the media at present about the impact that lockdown is having on our economy. For those divorcing, the potential impact on the housing market is particularly difficult, given that the main asset owned by most couples is their house. Partner Fiona Wood examines the issues.

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