Foreign Nationality & Divorce

With the advent of cheap and extensive foreign travel, it has now become possible for married couples who are based internationally to choose the best jurisdiction in which to have their divorce and ancillary relief matters dealt with.

Different countries have different laws and regulations to deal with children, divorce and ancillary relief claims, and therefore it is essential that if you are a married international couple that you give careful consideration to your choice of jurisdiction so as to achieve the best results for you.

For specialist legal advice on getting divorced as an international couple, please contact our international divorce lawyers in Hounslow, Slough or Twickenham or use the contact form on the right to get in touch.

Can you get divorced in the UK as an international couple?

Within the European Union and under The Brussels II convention rules The English Courts will have jurisdiction in divorce and ancillary relief if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • Both parties are habitually resident in England or Wales
  • Both parties were last jointly habitually resident in England or Wales and one still resides here
  • The Respondent is habitually resident in England or Wales
  • The Petitioner is habitually resident here and has resided here for the past 12 months
  • The Petitioner is domiciled and habitually resident here and has resided here for at least the last 6 months
  • Both parties are domiciled in England and Wales

It is important to note that wherever the proceedings are first issued has exclusive jurisdiction and no challenge to this is possible. If you wish to get divorced in the UK, it is therefore essential to start divorce proceedings here promptly to avoid your spouse starting proceedings in a foreign jurisdiction first.

Why choose Lovell Chohan for your international divorce?

We offer a friendly, sensitive but highly practical and efficient divorce service for people of all nationalities, helping you to protect your interests and those of your loved ones when going through an international divorce.

Our international divorce solicitors in West London understand that there are often important cultural issues to consider when dealing with divorce involving foreign nationals. We will there make sure we listen to you and understand all of your concerns and priorities and that these are accounted for during your divorce.

Our services are highly accessible to people from all over the world due to the wide variety of languages our lawyers speak, including:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Swahili
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Welsh

Lovell Chohan’s family law team is accredited by the Law Society for Family Law and Family Law Advanced, reflecting our exceptional expertise in this area. We have also achieved Lexcel accreditation from the law society in recognition of the strength of our client care and practice management and we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Contact our international divorce lawyers in West London

For help with any aspect of international divorce in England or Wales, contact your local Lovell Chohan office in Hounslow, Slough or Twickenham or use the contact form on the right to ask a question.