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.

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. 


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Brookman Solicitors

55 Reviews

Simon Rogerson 12/08/2019

I wanted to say a big thanks to Henry Bookman and his colleagues for all their help and guidance during my divorce - a long a complicated one. The team were all brilliant. I loved the fact that Henry was happy to explore possibilities and search for solutions. I also feel that on occasions he gave hope when things were against me. All told a great coach who was ready with pearls of wisdom when I needed it.

An'a. K 10/08/2019

I would strongly recommend this firm. I had the opportunity to discuss my case thoroughly with Mr Bookman. But before the initial consultation, I had a telephone conversation with a legal assistant who took most of the details down, so that my initial consultation was to the point I appreciate the advice given by Mr Bookman and think it a humble approach that the initial consultation is FREE and carried by the most senior member of the firm and not by a junior staff like it happens in other firms.

Anonymous 08/08/2019

Aziz Malik. Unbelievably good. Fantastic advice and was able to manage my difficult family law case to a superb outcome. Highly recommended.

Sara Estevez 01/08/2019

I did a consultation with Henry and I highly recommend him. He took the time to understand my situation, checked that he had all the information he needed and once he realized he was not the best person for my case, he recommended another lawyer in another country who could help. Unlike other lawyers I've worked with previously, he was extremely honest, transparent and generous with his time.

Riviera Boulevard 15/06/2019

The professionalism and speed at which Mr Henry responded to the initial enquiry was remarkable and the advice provided was detailed and clear.