UK & International Divorce and Family Lawyers

We are family lawyers with expertise in a full range of family legal matters including divorce in the UK and internationally, complex financial issues, property settlements and children’s matters. Whatever your situation, we are here to help you.

After merging with DMH Stallard, ‘Brookman’ and ‘Brookman Solicitors’ are trading names of DMH Stallard LLP. DMH Stallard is ranked by the Legal 500 and has been awarded the Law Society’s quality mark, Lexcel.

Legal 500 recently recommended members of the family team for their exemplary work, with Henry Brookman and Talitha Brookman being highlighted as Legal 500 Recommended Lawyers.

Our specialist family solicitors serve clients across England and Wales and internationally and we have easily accessible offices in central London and Richmond.

Here to help you

At the start of a separation, the situation may seem overwhelming but we are here to support and guide you through the process so that your situation can be solved with a fair outcome.

The legal system is also designed to ensure fairness for all parties involved and having a good lawyer is an essential starting point.

If your partner will not reach an agreement, the legal process will impose an answer. We always hope that matters can be resolved by negotiation and in the majority of cases, this is true. However, if not, we have a strong record in court litigation as well. Divorce can be a stressful time but whatever the problem is, having a good divorce lawyer helping you can make all the difference.

Specialists in English & International Family Law

Find out more about some of the international jurisdictions we have experienced with our clients.

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Expert Advice, Wherever You Are

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Algeria

In Algeria the Family Code regulates issues that arise during divorce. The country is a predominantly Muslim one and the UN has indicated that the Code is directly influenced by Islamic law. Women have fewer opportunities to divorce in Algeria and they have fewer property rights.

Angola

Angola is a former Portuguese colony. Following independence in 1975 it inherited elements of Portugal’s civil law system, and there is a comprehensive Family Code that sets out the rules on divorce. Although some minority groups in certain regions of the country don’t recognise the concept of divorce, Article 78 of the Family Code allows either spouse to issue a petition for divorce...

Argentina

Argentinian family and divorce law is governed by the Civil Code. But there is a degree of flexibility available to family judges that’s not always present in countries where the law is codified. Argentinian courts rely heavily on previously decided cases in the way English judges do, helping to ensure that divorce settlements are appropriate in each individual case.

Australia

Brookman Solicitors have a long standing relationship with Australia and New Zealand. Henry Brookman, an Australian himself, has worked for many years in both  the Australian and English legal systems and is uniquely positioned to help clients from this part of the world.

Austria

Austria’s divorce law and its matrimonial property regime is enshrined in the Austrian civil code. For example, the principle of the separation of property applies throughout the period of marriage.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a country which operates its family law on the basis of Sharia (Islamic) law.  We regularly deal with cases involving Bangladeshi nationals, or those who married them.

Barbados

With its colonial past and membership of the Commonwealth, Barbados and the courts there are still influenced to a degree by English law and custom.

Belgium

Belgium is at the heart of the EU and accordingly is party to all the relevant European regulations. It is also signatory to the Hague Convention on the International Aspects of Child Abduction. The divorce procedure involves a compulsory preliminary reconciliation stage which can delay matters.

Brazil

We were recently successful in winning a jurisdiction battle which enabled the proceedings to continue in Brazil rather than in England.

Burkina Faso

The Burkinabe legal system is based on the French civil law system. However custom and traditional marriages – outside the scope of the civil law regulations – account for a large percentage of marriages in the country.

Bulgaria

There are significant differences in the way the courts in Bulgaria and those in England decide family law issues. So it’s essential to get specialist family law advice if your case includes an element of Bulgarian law or either spouse is Bulgarian.

Cameroon

The laws relating to divorce are set out in the Civil Code, but Cameroon is almost unique in recognising customs of the country – legal cases in many areas may be decided using local custom handed down through the generations. In practice therefore there is a ‘dual’ legal system: Divorce and other family law disputes may often be decided using ‘native law’ in conjunction with the Civil Code...

Canada

There is a uniform divorce law enacted by the central government but administered by the provincial courts.  Therefore the lawyers concerned should be practising within that province. Brookman has dealt with numerous cases relating to Canada.

Chad

Chad still uses the French Civil Code of 1958. Reform is underway but discussions on a new Code of Persons and Family for Chad has been under discussion for at least two decades. Under the French law, marriage is based on consent and women are afforded the same rights to marry as men.

China

If you are an expatriate living in China then you may find that you fall into a legal vacuum.  China may refuse to deal with your matter so we would strongly recommend you discuss your issue with Brookman who have dealt with Chinese cases previously.

Colombia

For international couples the Colombian courts have wide powers to take on responsibility for dealing with a divorce, including the financial aspects of separation. Not only British couples living in Colombia can get divorced there – so too can British couples who have left the country but still have a right to reside there. This has consequences for individuals who may wish to divorce in England and Wales.

Croatia

Divorce in Croatia is regulated by the Family Proceedings Act, 2015 (‘the Act’). The legislation represents a major overhaul of the law on divorce, notably in relation to arrangements for children. Under Article 51 of the Act there are three ways to divorce...

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic law on divorce is very consistent with other continental European countries. There is a civil code which sets out the rules for divorce, financial arrangements and decisions on children matters.

Denmark

Denmark is not a signatory to the Brussels II (bis) which makes it an anomaly within Europe if there is any argument as to jurisdiction.  We have experience dealing with Debmark so can advise clients how they may best proceed.

Egypt

Historically Egyptian family law and divorce has tended to favour and protect the economic and social status of husbands at the expense of wives. To a degree this is still the case but the system is changing and widespread reform of the law has been proposed.

England

Brookman Solicitors is a long established London family law firm specialising in divorce and family law both in England and internationally. Find out more about divorce in England and Wales, financial settlements, children's issues, pre-nuptial agreements and international divorce.

Estonia

Family law in Estonia underwent a major shift with the 2010 Family Law Act (the FLA). The legislation promoted the idea that husbands and wives should take responsibility for the way they held property together. When a couple applies for a marriage licence in Estonia they also have the opportunity to choose the marital property regime they want, choosing between...

Ethiopia

The choice of jurisdiction can make a big difference to any divorce outcome. Spousal maintenance for example, is restricted in Ethiopia. We advise clients in circumstances where they may have the choice to divorce in either Ethiopia or through the courts of England and Wales.

Finland

Finland is a member state of the European Union and as such is party to the cross border regulations dealing with divorce. No grounds are required for a divorce in Finland.

France

Brookman was recently successful in defeating an application under the Hague Convention made by a French National.

Georgia

There’s no need to involve the courts if both spouses agree to the divorce, there are no children and there is no dispute over property. This kind of divorce by mutual consent is simply registered at the local Register of Civil Status. One spouse can also apply for divorce if the other spouse...

Germany

English and German expats can potentially obtain a divorce in either England or Germany. And the precise nature of the final settlement is often shaped by the approach of the judges in the country that hears the divorce. Prenups for example are sometimes easier to enforce in Germany than in England and Wales...

Ghana

The state of Ghana recognises three types of marriages – ordinance, customary and Islamic. Customary marriages and breakdown are generally governed by the customs relevant to a particular region. Other marriages are regulated by The Matrimonial Causes Act, 1971 (the MCA) and the Marriage of Mohammedans Ordinance 1907...

Gibraltar

Gibraltar’s family law closely matches that of England.  Furthermore, the grounds of jurisdiction are very similar, and although Gibraltar is not an EU country, nevertheless it adopts certain EU Regulations to achieve consistency in the exercise of jurisdiction.

Greece

There are two procedures for obtaining a divorce in Greece. We are experienced in handling divorce and family cases relating to Greece and the EU countries.

Guinea

Guinea is predominantly a Muslim country. It’s estimated that 85% of the population adheres to the Islamic faith. Religious and customary practices influence marriage and divorce law despite the existence of a Civil Code. Differences between the divorce procedures in Guinea and the UK vary widely...

Hong Kong

In order to start divorce proceedings in Hong Kong the parties must have a substantial connection with the jurisdiction.  We have experience dealing with Hong Kong so can advise clients how they may best proceed.

Hungary

We are regularly involved in cases with an international dimension. This includes divorce of Hungarian nationals or divorce of individuals with a connection to Hungary. Our clients may be seeking a divorce, or have issues relating to their family finances or are wishing to resolve a dispute regarding children.

India

Indian statute applies different rules to marriage and divorce, depending on the parties’ personal circumstances.  We have particular expertise in dealing with such issues concerning parties who have connections to England and Wales.

Indonesia

Family law and divorce regulations in Indonesia are strongly influenced by cultural and religious factors. We represent UK clients living there as well as Indonesians resident in the UK who need to navigate the divorce laws of both countries to secure a settlement.

Iran

It is well known that Iran adheres to its school of Sharia law. This overlays a civil system that records family status. Hence there is a register that records whether someone is single, married or divorced, and although the divorce has to be religious, the fact of it is noted on the register.

Ireland

Ireland is a later comer to divorce law, but we are nonetheless experienced in matters relating to Ireland. The courts and procedure are based on the common law model, and the Irish and English common law jurisdictions have historically contributed greatly to each other.

Italy

Divorce under Italian law can be complex – we have a great deal of experience in advising Italian clients on the best route to take.

Japan

Recognition of Japanese divorces can be problematic, in particular as to Kyogi Rikon divorces.  We have extensive experience of these.

Kenya

Kenya is a diverse and multi-ethnic country. The Marriage Act, 2014 recognises civil marriages as well as those performed under customary law and under the Christian, Hindu and Islamic traditions. All marriages must be registered and, while Islamic marriages and their dissolution are governed by religious courts, they are still subject to the overarching equality provisions of the Kenyan constitution...

Lithuania

Lithuania has one of the highest divorce rates in the EU. Divorce here can be by mutual consent, provided a year has passed since getting married and there is a comprehensive settlement agreement in place that deals with children and finances...

Luxembourg

As international family lawyers we represent clients from Luxembourg living in the UK who are going through divorce. We also act for people who may have got married in Luxembourg, whose spouse is from the country or who have some other link to the country.

Malaysia

British colonial influence in countries like Malaysia is illustrated by the impact English law still has on the territory. 1956 legislation enables Malaysian judges to apply English common law in family matters where no equivalent Malaysian law has been introduced.

Maldives

We are specialist international divorce and family lawyers. We advise clients who are either UK-based but originate from the Maldives or who were married in the Maldives. We also act for people who need family law advice and who have some other link to the country.

Malta

As international family lawyers we sometimes act for clients who are getting divorced and who have some legal connection to Malta. One spouse may be from Malta for example or the marriage may have been celebrated there. Alternatively the couple may have resided in Malta during the marriage.

Mali

Under the Malian Family Code, 2011 women have the same rights as men to enter marriage. Since the adoption of the Code religious marriages are subject to the same formalities when it comes to registration and dissolution as civil unions...

Mauritius

Mauritian family law is heavily influenced by the island’s French and British colonial past. Since independence the family and divorce laws have been amended several times in an effort to redress some of the inequality that previously existed in relation to property rights.

Mexico

Mexico deals with divorce matters for its own residents.  Usually, to initiate a divorce, you must be a legal resident in Mexico.  Because Mexico operates a federal system, there can be a great discrepancy between different states and how they operate.

Monaco

As is well known, Monaco is a self-governing principality. Whilst its foreign affairs are subject to France, it is not a member of the EU and accordingly does not come within the network of regulations.

Morocco

Morocco operates a personal status law known as the “Mudawna”.  This is essentially the family code of Morocco and is based on Sharia jurisprudence.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands law in relation to the breakdown of marriage and welfare of children principally relies on the Dutch Civil Code, and its particular chapters relating to family law, separation and dissolution of marriage.

New Zealand

New Zealand grants divorces on the basis of separation.  New Zealand legislation sets quite strict guidelines as to how financial outcomes are to be decided.

Nigeria

Nigeria has a Matrimonial Causes Act to regulate divorce. However there are several marriage systems in Nigeria and each frequently take charge of their own procedures. In principle, divorce is on a ‘no fault’ basis although fault frequently appears to be used in argument.

Norway

Norway is not a member state of the EU and accordingly the EU regulations do not apply. There is divorce as of right if the parties have been separated for a year.

The Philippines

The Philippines is the only UN member country, apart from Vatican City, that does not currently permit divorce. The Family Code does include provisions for alternatives to divorce, including annulment. We act for Filipino citizens and those with a connection to the country who may be impacted by Filipino family law when they want to divorce.

Pakistan

A great deal of care is required in respect of recognition of divorces from Pakistan. Professional legal advice is strongly advised.

Peru

It’s a common misconception that if you live in Peru you must get divorced there. Conversely some people incorrectly assume that if they have been married abroad they aren’t subject to Peruvian divorce law.

Poland

It is not uncommon for individuals who have a connection with Poland to be able to divorce in England. It is certainly worth seeking early advice from a lawyer as the choice of country in which proceedings take place may well be important, particularly in terms of the financial outcomes.

Portugal

The divorce rate in Portugal is around 70%. Even though the rate is high it has actually decreased in recent years. We advise clients with a connection to Portugal on a wide range of family law matters, including divorce and child arrangements following separation or divorce.

Russia

When divorce is overseen properly, Russia is known as having one of the world’s most lenient procedures, and couples are sometimes able to end their marriages in a single court procedure.  However we would recommend you discuss your issue with Brookman who have dealt with Russian cases previously.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian family law is dealt with by Sharia law.  Any proceedings in that country must strictly adhere to Islamic law.  Therefore parties with a connection to England should check the position of any Saudi ruling carefully.

Scotland

Some of the grounds for divorce in Scotland differ from those in England. In Scotland, the grounds for divorce are: Behaviour, Adultery, One year's separation with consent, Two years' separation without the requirement of the other party's consent.

South Africa

We regularly deal with South and East Africa. In recent years we successfully concluded a ground breaking Child Support case relating to South Africa.

Singapore

Singapore derives its legal system and procedures primarily from the common law (British) tradition. Its Courts have increasingly been asked to intervene in international matrimonial disputes.

Slovakia

The Catholic Church retains a significant degree of influence in Slovakia. Religious opposition to divorce in part explains the continued conservative approach to the law in this area. Couples who wish to divorce must prove to a judge that the marriage is dysfunctional, even if both parties agree to a divorce...

Slovenia

Most divorces in Slovenia are by agreement between the spouses. There is no equivalent of the requirement in England and Wales to prove fault. If there are children, parents must agree a parenting plan before a divorce is granted. Courts will then look at the agreement and decide whether or not it is in the interests of the children...

South Korea

The legal systems in the UK and South Korea are very different. We provide the specialist legal advice that’s needed when UK citizens based in South Korea and Korean people living in the UK are getting divorced.

Spain

If an English couple have been living in Spain for a number of years they can apply for a divorce in their local Spanish Court. However, they would need to establish grounds for divorce under the laws of England.

Sudan

In Sudan, the right to divorce will vary according to the religion of the spouses. Under the Muslim Personal Law a husband can initiate and finalise divorce himself (talaq) whereas a woman must initiate court proceedings to obtain a divorce. And then only in limited circumstances, including...

Sweden

Divorce in Sweden is governed by the marriage code. Throughout the marriage each spouse individually continues to own all of his or her property. There is no liability for the other’s debts. However a divorce triggers a potential claim to have the assets treated as ‘community property’, in principle to be divided equally.

Switzerland

Switzerland is a confederation of 26 cantons, with legislative competence divided between the confederation and the cantons. Federal law governs family and divorce matters. However such matters are dealt with in the Courts of the individual cantons, so the procedural law may vary considerably.

Tanzania

The Law of Marriage Act, (LMA), updated in 2019, is the main legislation governing marriage and divorce. Those domiciled in Tanzania and those resident in the country for at least a year can petition the court for divorce. In essence the courts will only grant a divorce if it is satisfied that the marriage has irretrievably broken down...

Thailand

We act regularly for UK clients living in Thailand as well as Thai citizens in the UK and others with a connection to Thailand who wish to divorce. Culturally the legal system in Thailand is markedly different from the legal system in England and Wales.

Tunisia

Where there is the possibility that your divorce could be finalised in either Tunisia or the UK we can provide up to date advice and clarity as to where you might obtain a more satisfactory settlement.

Turkey

Turkey is a country which operates a civil code, notwithstanding many of its citizens being conservative Muslims.

United Arab Emirates

We act for many clients within this jurisdiction, be they UAE Nationals living in England or Wales, or British expatriates residing there.

Ukraine

Ukraine is a civil law jurisdiction.  The Family Code determines the principles of marriage, financial arrangements within marriage and upon divorce, and obligations in relation to children.

USA

Brookman often deals with cases linked to the USA. There is no uniform “US divorce law”  - the States broadly divide into those where the law derives from English common law concepts and those which adopt a more Hispanic formula-based approach.

Uzbekistan

The Family Code formally gives men and women an equal right to start divorce proceedings. Article 39 of the Code contains a specific provision preventing a husband from filing for divorce while his wife is pregnant. There is also a requirement that women have a right to seek an equal share of joint property that has been acquired during the marriage.

Vietnam

Vietnam’s Law on Marriage and Family, 2016, provides for divorce by mutual consent and divorce on the request of one party (unilateral divorce)...

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About The Team

We are a specialist divorce and international divorce family law team, advising clients in the United Kingdom (specifically England and Wales) and throughout the world. We have a very people–orientated approach to working with clients. Henry Brookman has practised law for over 45 years, and our team has a wide range of skills and expertise. We are recommended by the Legal 500 and have been awarded the Law Society’s quality mark, Lexcel.

Partner

Henry Brookman

With over 45 years' experience, Henry Brookman is the senior member of the team. He is described by The Legal 500 as ‘shrewd, savvy, sagacious and highly experienced’.

Partner

Talitha Brookman

Talitha is a Partner in the firm and a very experienced practitioner. She has been exclusively practising family law for over 15 years and is a recognised expert in her field.

Partner

Philip Morton

Recommended by The Legal 500, Philip is an expert in all areas of family law, including domestic and international financial disputes, fraud and commercial dispute resolution.

Partner

Natasha Slabas

Expert in all areas of family law, often involving cases that have an international element, including work in relation to financial settlements following divorce.

Partner

Aziz Malik

Aziz is a Partner at the firm and is highly regarded for his expertise on financial matters in divorce and has been recommended by the Legal 500.

Senior Associate

Kirsty Kelleher

Kirsty is a specialist family law solicitor recommended by The Legal 500. An expert in divorce, financial matters, child-related disputes and contentious probate cases.

Senior Associate

Kevin Danagher

Kevin specialises exclusively in family law, advising on all aspects of relationship breakdown, divorce, same sex marriage, marital agreements, and international family cases.

Associate

Jennifer Douglas

Jennifer is a talented solicitor, experienced in all elements of family law, including high net worth financial proceedings, Children Act proceedings and financial claims.

Associate

Gavin Yeung

Gavin has excellent experience in family law including divorce and financial proceedings and international child abduction proceedings involving Hague Convention countries.

Associate

Pippa Marshall

Pippa’s experience covers all areas of family law including divorce, financial remedies, same sex relationships, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitee property disputes.

Chartered Legal Executive

Lorraine Imms

With over 20 years' family law experience, Lorraine can advise on divorce, matrimonial finances, cohabitee disputes, nuptial agreements and private children matters.

Office Manager

Lorna Martin

Lorna is our Office Manager who oversees the operations of the firm including providing accounts support as well as secretarial support to the team.

Accounts Manager

Evdokia Dikova

Eva is an AAT qualified accounts manager and holds full AAT membership (MAAT). She gained her degree in financial accounting from the University of Economics in Bulgaria.

Secretary

Victoria Delatouche

Victoria is a highly experienced Legal Secretary and a long-standing member of the team. She provides secretarial support for the office.

Secretary

Michelle Louison

Michelle provides secretarial support to Henry Brookman. A very experienced family law secretary, Michelle has worked in law for over 12 years.

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Patricia Antonio

Patricia is an experienced secretary and office administrator, handling the calls that come into the office, greeting clients, and managing office presentation.

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I have nothing but positive feedback about this firm... Lorraine Imms from Brookman was absolutely brilliant... Her knowledge is exceptional and she has kept me informed through every step... I'd give ten stars if I could!

Jun 2021   Martin Byrne

Myself and my mother had a free video consultation with Mr. Brookman regarding my mother's divorce and were both impressed with his knowledge on divorce matters, professionalism and understanding. Henry then followed up with us with a clear plan of what he suggests we do...

Mar 2021   Bruna Cordeiro Pezzano

I had a consultation with Mr. Brookman and was impressed with his honesty, knowledge and understanding of my situation. He seemed to take a genuine interest in my case, which immediately put me at ease.

Mar 2021   Chichi

Very swift response and concise information. I had a very engaging free consultation with Mr Brookman initially which was informative and professional.

Feb 2021   Garry Ralph

I would like to say my experience with Mr Brookman was an extremely positive experience. His knowledge, advice and compassion put me very much at ease and made a very difficult situation much more bearable.

Feb 2021   Jenny Brock

Very helpful, and honest about my situation even though it wasn’t business for them at this time. Would recommend.

Jan 2021   Natalie Roche

Knowledgable, friendly, considerate, and most importantly easy to contact. Brilliant service.

Dec 2020   John Du

I want to highly commend Brookman Solicitors firm. I had the privilege of getting very thorough and sensible advice from their solicitor Jennifer Douglas. I don't have enough praise for her.

Sep 2020   Yesima Hamid

I had an initial consultation and Henry was well prepared. He gave great advice and followed through quite quickly. He was very helpful.

Jul 2020   Jen Ade

I had a free consultation with Henry Brookman. He was incredibly knowledgeable about my complex situation, gave straightforward advice and empowered me to understand exactly how I need to proceed.

Jun 2020   Rebeca Brown

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