When international couples separate or divorce, complex questions can arise: for example, where should the divorce take place, where should the children live and how should worldwide assets be valued and divided?
In such cases it is essential to quickly understand the jurisdictional and other cross-border considerations as their impact on the outcome may be significant.
In international cases, family situations may develop that require immediate attention. In these situations, knowledge, experience and the ability to act quickly can often determine the outcome of the case. We can assist you with a fast turnaround and a supportive approach, irrespective of where you are based. We are recognised for having an extensive global network, including our own international offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We work closely with our affiliates across the globe with speed and efficiency, and with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Our large and knowledgeable team, of whom nine are fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers,
have extensive experience in dealing with the most difficult international cases. Members of the team speak a variety of different languages and have specialisms in cases involving a broad range of countries around the world. We regularly work in conjunction with our international commercial and trust litigation and dispute resolution teams providing a comprehensive service for our clients.
It is not only international family litigation in which we excel; we can also offer you the best in asset protection advice, working alongside our award winning Trust Establishment, Administration & Taxation team. If you’re a global family based in London or even with a foothold in England, it may be sensible to put in place pre- and post-nuptial agreements in different countries to protect your property and assets. We have the expertise to advise on how to implement these agreements, taking into consideration the impact of any country-specific laws and where necessary co-ordinating lawyers in other jurisdictions. Our aim is to protect your property and interests wherever they are located and to take preventative action where possible to avoid the risk of litigation in the future.
Meet the Team
Will couples who were locked down together stay together? Cohabitation in the wake of COVID-19
When the first lockdown measures were introduced, many couples were faced with an ultimatum: either move in together or isolate separately
Untangling the Atlantic Knot: Wills for mixed US/UK couples
Before Chris and Sam “settle down”, they have decided to go on a sailing adventure. Their parents are insisting that they make Wills.
Grandparents and their children’s divorce
Guardianship of grandchildren following parent’s death or divorce
“Step parents” and their partners’ children
What happens to the children if the natural parent dies and what is my position as a step parent?
Charles Russell Speechlys recognised in the latest edition of The Spears 500
The annual report is based on peer nominations of the UK's leading private client lawyers.
Miranda Fisher shortlisted for Lawyer of The Year (Family) at the Spear’s Wealth Management 2017 Awards
Miranda’s nomination is in keeping with the acknowledgement by Spear’s of the firm’s achievements and professional proficiency.
Charles Russell Speechlys shortlisted in 6 categories at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2017
Family—what’s on the horizon for 2017?
Family partner, Grant Howell, is interviewed by LexisPSL on the issues facing Family Law in 2017.
Middle East family focus
Partner Grant Howell considers how collaborative practice can benefit Middle Eastern-based families in divorce for Creative Divorce.