About International Family Law
It is more common these days for married couples to come from different countries and for children to be born in different countries than their parents. Property and businesses may be owned in separate countries, and many people own multiple international residences as well. The international lifestyle of many families calls for special legalized knowledge from their family legal counsel. Treaties and laws of other countries need to be well understood, and often worked with, in order to correctly advise clients.
It is less common, however, to find seasoned legal representation sufficiently well-versed in international family law matters to benefit couples of mixed international origins. Marital agreements, estate planning, divorce,
property division, and a host of other potential international family issues require seasoned international family law counsel.
Some of the major questions that arise during international family law issues include:
- Should I stay in the foreign residence or move "back home" before instituting a divorce?
- What steps do I need to take before moving to another country?
- If I have certain custody rights from a court in one country, will they transfer to another country?
- What would be the legal consequences of moving to another country?
By asking these questions, you are helping to prepare yourself in case the situation does not turn out like you expected.
In order to accomplish an international divorce, it is necessary to be informed on the specific divorce laws in the other country. This is especially important if a divorced individual wants to get married again because some divorces, such as Islamic religious divorces, are not recognized in every country throughout the world. Divorce through plenary court proceedings is not the universally accepted model, and a lawyer from the firm has the legal insight to help you make the best decision for your future.