International Family Law

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If you are a UK national living abroad, a foreign national living in England and Wales, have assets abroad or your partner/spouse works abroad, or you are married to, or in a relationship with or have a child with a foreign national, you are likely to need expert international family law advice in the event your relationship breaks or has broken down.

Rules regarding which assets are eligible for inclusion in the divorce settlement, disclosure requirements and the rules regarding maintenance can vary from country to country. Identifying the best jurisdiction for clients at a very early stage of the proceedings (also known as "forum shopping") is key to helping to ensure the protection of worldwide assets held. 

At Michelmores, we have the expertise to help guide you through the complexities of international family law, and we have access to a network of expert foreign lawyers.

Brexit

If you are a foreign national living in the UK or a UK national married to a foreign national, Brexit will affect how the English Courts and how the EU courts will deal with divorce, maintenance and children cases in the future. These rules change on 1 January 2021. It is essential that you take expert advice before the end of December 2020 if you are separating or separated from your spouse or partner as you may be disadvantaged if you do not act quickly.

For preliminary advice or to arrange a meeting with one of our Family law solicitors, please contact us on 0800 923 0400.

Daniel Eames is a "very good international lawyer, he is a very effective solicitor on anything to do with European and international family law."
Chambers & Partners High Net Worth, 2021
"Daniel Eames is a well regarded international family lawyer, who is an expert on matters of international matrimonial finance law and a keen participant in extra-curricular work in relation to the effects of Brexit on family law. He is well placed to offer excellent assistance to those in need of help in cross-border family cases."
The Legal 500, 2022
"Sarah Green adopts a constructive approach for tackling matters."
Chambers UK, 2022
"Pippa Allsopp is dedicated to her clients and a very good lawyer."
The Legal 500, 2021
"Rachael Shearmur is thorough and has a keen eye for detail, achieving excellent results in complex cases."
The Legal 500, 2021
"Daniel Eames is very bright and knows the area of international finances inside out and is always available. He has even given talks on the area."
The Legal 500, 2022
"Daniel Eames is a very good international lawyer, he is a very effective solicitor on anything to do with European and international family law."
Chambers & Partners High Net Worth, 2021
"Daniel Eames is the king of jurisdictional work. If you have a knotty jurisdictional issue he is the person you look to."
Chambers & Partners High Net Worth, 2021
"Daniel Eames is a well regarded international family lawyer, who is an expert on matters of international matrimonial finance law and a keen participant in extra-curricular work in relation to the effects of Brexit on family law. He is well placed to offer excellent assistance to those in need of help in cross-border family cases."
The Legal 500, 2022
“Daniel Eames is hugely experienced and very highly thought of by clients. He has notable experience in complex cross-border financial disputes."
Chambers & Partners UK, 2021
"I would highly recommend Daniel Eames as a talented international family lawyer."
Chambers & Partners UK, 2021
"Daniel Eames has a considerable reputation in international family law, and is highly experienced in jurisdictional disputes and financial claims in England following a divorce abroad."
The Legal 500, 2021
"Sarah Green adopts a constructive approach for tackling matters. She is meticulous, someone who has a real eye for detail and is incredibly thorough."
Chambers & Partners UK, 2022
Daniel Eames is top ranked for Family Matrimonial Law.
Chambers & Partners High Net Worth, 2021
Sarah Green is listed as a "Rising Star" in the Legal 500 and as an "Associate to Watch" in Chambers & Partners 2020.
Pippa Allsop is listed as a "Rising Star" in the Legal 500.
"Pippa is conscientious, articulate, professional, client-friendly and well-presented...she was a great team member and a pleasure to work with."
Jamie Clarke, Head of Marketing and Communications, Supacat Limited
"Pippa Allsopp is dedicated to her clients and a very good lawyer."
The Legal 500, 2021

Recent experience

  • Successfully winning an appeal in the Court of Appeal relating to an international child maintenance case, confirming that a payer should be resident in England and/or Wales or have assets in these jurisdictions to apply to register an EU judgment in the English courts.
  • Advising on matters involving Chinese nationals/assets, including a successful defence of a High Court action brought against a Chinese client whose mother was allegedly sheltering assets on her behalf
  • Successfully defended a £100M offshore trust from financial claims brought in the High Court
  • Daniel is currently Resolution's spokesperson on the impact of Brexit on international family law and was the only solicitor to give evidence to the Justice Select Committee on this issue, and regularly advises the MoJ as a result. 
  • Representing a client based in the Middle East in financial remedy proceedings at court in a case where a significant QROP was the main financial resource of the parties;
  • Regularly advising on divorce proceedings with cross-border elements, including matters involving asset protection for high-net-worth clients
  • Advising on financial claims on behalf of children, including CMS disputes, usually in complicated assets cases or where one parent is or has assets abroad
  • Expertise in resolving complex financial cases involving married and cohabiting couples, including those with an international element
  • Advising clients in relation to complex business structures, trusts,  property portfolios, pension and tax issues on separation
  • Advising clients in respect of pre-nuptial agreements where parties have substantial international assets and significant business assets
  • Daniel is the author of Resolution's International Online Guide and Practical Law's guidance on impact of Brexit on International Family Law

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