Australia & New Zealand

International Divorce & Family Law: Australia & New Zealand

We regularly advise clients on cases with Australian connections, including inheritance issues, children proceedings and financial proceedings. We also regularly advise clients in relation to Australian prenuptial agreements and divorce settlement agreements.

As set out in his biography, Henry Brookman qualified in Australia in 1971 and practised there until 1997.  He continues to be on the Roll of Solicitors for the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of South Australia and the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

We are specialist international divorce lawyers and family solicitors and we have advised numerous clients who are either UK-based but originate from Australia or New Zealand (see our New Zealand page here), or are living outside of the UK but have a connection with England or Wales. We also advise local authorities and others as to Australian law and Henry Brookman has been accepted as an expert witness in the High Court.

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Australia & New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand - Scenario Analysis Example #1

Mr and Mrs B moved to Australia in retirement. They separated and their lawyers there were negotiating a financial settlement. They owned two houses in Australia. Mr B had a substantial pension from the U.K. They also owned a commercial property in England held through an offshore corporation.

Our Solution:
We advised Mr B’s Australian lawyers as to how a share of his pension could be directed to Mrs B, and how to assess the value of that. We also advised as to whether an Australian order could be effective to deal with the commercial property, and what could be done to effect an agreed settlement if Mrs B gave up any claim to it. Subsequently we obtained “mirror” consent orders in England.

Australia and New Zealand - Scenario Analysis Example #2

Mrs H is a dual Australian and British national and moved to London six months ago.  Her husband is based in Australia.  Mr and Mrs H were married in Argentina and Mrs H does not have a copy of the Marriage Certificate.  Mrs H is concerned as to what to do.

Our Solution:
We first of all tried to locate the Marriage Certificate from Argentina.  However, the authorities had kept no central record of the marriage.  We therefore had to apply on the strength of evidence provided by Mrs H including a photo of the wedding.  We were successful in this application.  The divorce then proceeded.

Australia and New Zealand - Scenario Analysis Example #3

Mrs H is a dual Australian and British national and moved to London six months ago. Her husband is based in Australia. Mr and Mrs H were married in Argentina and Mrs H does not have a copy of the Marriage Certificate. Mrs H is concerned as to what to do.

Our solution:
We first of all tried to locate the Marriage Certificate from Argentina. However, the authorities had kept no central record of the marriage. We therefore had to apply on the strength of evidence provided by Mrs H including a photo of the wedding. We were successful in this application. The divorce then proceeded.

What our clients are saying:

‘BF’, Australia

Thank you for the outstanding commitment to bringing this matter swiftly to a close.