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Issuing International Divorce Proceedings

When considering where to divorce as an expat, we will need to consider:

- Where you currently live
- Where your spouse currently lives
- Where you were born
- Where your spouse was born
- Where you or your spouse are ‘domiciled’

If you or your spouse are from the UK, or have links to England, then contact one of our specialist family lawyers who will advise you carefully as to whether you are entitled to divorce in England, then when required will guide you through the divorce process, assisting you to resolve financial and children matters as required.

We have compiled a summary of the family laws that apply in the main expat centres.

Europe

Austria is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Austria, UK clients who are currently living in Austria and clients who are from Austria but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Belgium is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Belgium, UK clients who are currently living in Belgium and clients who are from Belgium but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Croatia is a member of the EU. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes. We advise UK clients who have assets in Croatia, UK clients who are currently living in Croatia and clients who are from Croatia but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Cyprus is a member of the EU. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes and for people from the UK to move to. We advise UK clients who have assets in Cyprus, UK clients who are currently living in Cyprus and clients who are from Cyprus but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Czech Republic is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Czech Republic, UK clients who are currently living in Czech Republic and clients who are from Czech Republic but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Denmark is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Denmark, UK clients who are currently living in Denmark and clients who are from Denmark but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Finland is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Finland, UK clients who are currently living in Finland and clients who are from Finland but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

France is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes and for people from the UK to move to. We advise UK clients who have assets France, UK clients who are currently living in France and clients who are from France but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Germany is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Germany, UK clients who are currently living in Germany and clients who are from Germany but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Gibraltar We advise UK clients who have assets in Gibraltar, UK clients who are currently living in Gibraltar and clients who are from Gibraltar but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Greece is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes and for people from the UK to move to. We advise UK clients who have assets in Greece, UK clients who are currently living in Greece and clients who are from Greece but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Ireland is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes and for people from the UK to move to. We advise UK clients who have assets in Ireland, UK clients who are currently living in Ireland and clients who are from Ireland but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Italy is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes and for people from the UK to move to. We advise UK clients who have assets in Italy, UK clients who are currently living in Italy and clients who are from Italy but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Latvia is a member of the EU. We advise UK clients who have assets in Latvia, UK clients who are currently living in Latvia and clients who are from Latvia but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Lithuania is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Lithuania, UK clients who are currently living in Lithuania and clients who are from Lithuania but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Luxembourg is a member of the EU. We advise UK clients who have assets in Luxembourg, UK clients who are currently living in Luxembourg and clients who are from Luxembourg but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Netherlands is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in the Netherlands, UK clients who are currently living in the Netherlands and clients who are from the Netherlands but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Norway is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Norway, UK clients who are currently living in Norway and clients who are from Norway but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Poland is a member of the EU. We advise UK clients who have assets in Poland, UK clients who are currently living in Poland and clients who are from Poland but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Portugal is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes and for people from the UK to move to. We advise UK clients who have assets in Portugal, UK clients who are currently living in Portugal and clients who are from Portugal but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Spain is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes and for people from the UK to move. We advise UK clients who have assets in Spain, UK clients who are currently living in Spain and clients who are from Spain but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Sweden is a member of the EU and a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Sweden, UK clients who are currently living in Sweden and clients who are from Sweden but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Switzerland is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes. We advise UK clients who have assets in Switzerland, UK clients who are currently living in Switzerland and clients who are from Switzerland but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Turkey is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. It is a popular place to buy holiday homes and for people from the UK to move to. We advise UK clients who have assets in Turkey, UK clients who are currently living in Turkey and clients who are from Turkey but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

North and South America

Brazil - we advise UK clients who have assets in Brazil, UK clients who are currently living in Brazil and clients who are from Brazil but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

BVI  is a popular destination for those that work in finance and those who want to live in a tax haven. We advise UK clients who have assets in the BVI, UK clients who are currently living in the BVI and clients who are from the BVI but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Canada is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Canada, UK clients who are currently living in Canada and clients who are from Canada but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Cayman Islands is a popular destination for those that work in finance and those who want to live in a tax haven. We advise UK clients who have assets in the Cayman Islands, UK clients who are currently living in the Cayman Islands and clients who are from the Cayman Islands but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

USA is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  It is a popular destination to buy holiday homes and for people from the UK to move to. We advise UK clients who have assets in the USA, UK clients who are currently living in the USA and clients who are from the USA but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Venezuela is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  We advise UK clients who have assets in Venezuela, UK clients who are currently living in Venezuela and clients who are from Venezuela but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Asia

China - we advise UK clients who have assets in China, UK clients who are currently living in China and clients who are from China but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Hong Kong is a popular destination for those that work in finance. We advise UK clients who have assets in Hong Kong, UK clients who are currently living in Hong Kong and clients who are from Hong Kong but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

India – we advise UK clients who have assets in India, UK clients who are currently living in India and clients who are from India but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Japan is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Japan, UK clients who are currently living in Japan and clients who are from Japan but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Pakistan - We advise UK clients who have assets in Pakistan, UK clients who are currently living in Pakistan and clients who are from Pakistan but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Singapore is a popular destination for those that work in finance. We advise UK clients who have assets in Singapore, UK clients who are currently living in Singapore and clients who are from Singapore but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Middle East

Abu Dhabi – there are many people from the UK working in Abu Dhabi. We advise UK clients who have assets in Abu Dhabi, UK clients who are currently living in Abu Dhabi and clients who are from Abu Dhabi but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Dubai - there are many people from the UK working in Dubai. It is also a popular destination for holiday homes. We advise UK clients who have assets in Dubai, UK clients who are currently living in Dubai and clients who are from Dubai but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Israel is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We advise UK clients who have assets in Israel, UK clients who are currently living in Israel and clients who are from Israel but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Qatar – there are many people from the UK working in Qatar. We advise UK clients who have assets in Qatar, UK clients who are currently living in Qatar and clients who are from Qatar but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Saudi Arabia – there are many people from the UK working in Saudi Arabia. We advise UK clients who have assets in Saudi Arabia, UK clients who are currently living in Saudi Arabia and clients who are from Saudi Arabia but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Africa

Botswana - we advise UK clients who have assets in Botswana, UK clients who are currently living in Botswana and clients who are from Botswana but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Senegal - we advise UK clients who have assets in Senegal, UK clients who are currently living in Senegal and clients who are from Senegal but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

South Africa – there are many people from the UK living in South Africa. It is also a popular destination for holiday homes. We advise UK clients who have assets in South Africa, UK clients who are currently living in South Africa and clients who are from South Africa but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

Australasia 

Australia is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  There are many people from the UK living in Australia.We advise UK clients who have assets in Australia, UK clients who are currently living in Australia and clients who are from Australia but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

New Zealand - there are many people from the UK living in New Zealand. We advise UK clients who have assets in New Zealand, UK clients who are currently living in New Zealand and clients who are from New Zealand but are living here or have some connection with England or Wales.

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