International family law

It's no longer unusual for relationship breakdown or family issues to involve more than one country.

However, there can be extra legal and practical issues that international families have to deal with, making reliable support from international family lawyers key.

Whatever the issues you're facing and whatever countries they involve, our lawyers will help to clarify and strengthen your position. Contact our team to learn how we can help you to move forward with confidence.

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What international family law issues can you help with?

Whether you're at the start or end of a relationship, it's important to get advice and guidance from a specialist international family lawyer early if you or your partner:

  • Live or work abroad
  • Were married (or divorced) overseas
  • Have moved to the UK with your family
  • Own property in another country
  • Are thinking about relocating

Separating couples of more than one nationality, or who live or work in different countries, may have a choice about where to divorce or where to resolve disagreements about their children or finances.

This is important to consider carefully with the help of expert international family lawyers as family law varies greatly between countries. Choosing the right place to deal with any dispute in a divorce can have a huge impact on the outcome.

International family law isn't just about the end of relationships, though. It's also about starting relationships and building families along the way. Many international families come from countries where prenuptial agreements and marital property regimes are common, and they need advice on their legal position.

Another major life decision with which our international family law group helps clients is surrogacy. People from or living in the UK may choose to enter into a surrogacy arrangement overseas and need advice on how to ensure that they're legally recognised as their child’s parents here in the UK.

Whatever family disputes, dilemmas or decisions you're navigating, contact us to learn how we can help you to move forward.


Our renowned international family lawyers

Our international family solicitors advise clients across the globe on a wide range of issues, including:


Our team includes four Fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. The members of this worldwide association of family lawyers are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their country.


Crucially, we have a worldwide network of foreign lawyers, contacts and best friend firms who can work with us to offer specialist support and expertise, helping us to provide a seamless service for you.


Our international family law experience

As a wide-reaching international family law team, our recent work is diverse and includes:

  • Coordinating advice for a client who had the option of divorcing in three European countries, making best use of our international family law network to help them.
  • Preparing a prenuptial agreement for a wealthy client where – if a divorce were to happen – it could take place in several countries across several continents, all with vastly different outcomes.
  • Successfully arguing that divorce and financial proceedings should take place in England (and not Indonesia), resulting in our client receiving a bigger financial settlement.
  • Advising an Australian couple who were living together under a de facto marriage under Australian law on the legal status of their relationship under English law after they'd relocated to England.
  • Drafting an English prenuptial agreement for a British entrepreneur whose fiancée was from one EU country and they were going to live in another. We worked closely with family lawyers from those two other jurisdictions to ensure that the agreement would work in all three.
  • Helping grandparents, based in England, whose grandchildren were the subject of care proceedings and would be placed overseas.
  • Acting for parents who had had a child through a surrogacy arrangement in California, making sure that all nationality and immigration issues were dealt with in the four countries with which the family had ties.

International family law issues often arise relating to things such as immigration, questions about property situated here or abroad, as well as succession or tax planning. Our family lawyers work closely with our firm's experts in these areas to make sure that you get straightforward, practical advice that cuts through the complexities.


Why choose Mills & Reeve international family lawyers?


Contact our specialist international family lawyers today

Contact us today to find out how we can find constructive solutions to the problems that you're facing. We'll get to know you and your situation to establish how best we can help.


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Videos from our international family lawyers

In this vlog, Caitlin Jenkins, the familylawvlogger, introduces her Mills & Reeve colleague Amy Starnes, one of the specialist children law experts at Mills & Reeve. They discuss Amy's particular area of expertise in advising clients where one of the parents wishes to relocate to another country with the child or children, and the other parent wants the child or children to remain living with them in England & Wales.

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