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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

67 Reviews

Jen Ade 23/07/2020

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

Chris Mullins 15/07/2020

Henry and team were most professional, considerate and efficient when handling the financial proceedings owing to my overseas divorce. I recommend their services highly. International circumstance was at first to me most daunting and confusing, given each country had its' own unique approach. Thankfully Henry was knowledgeable of the law on either side of the seas and able therefore to provide best guidance and reasoning to me which enabled favourable settlement!

Wim Jansen 24/06/2020

I contacted Brookman to ask for information regarding the validity of an international divorce court ruling. They were very quick in providing me with the right information. When I had another question a few months later around children matters I phoned them again and after taking some background information and contact details they booked me in for a free telephone consultation with 1 of their partners Talitha Brookman. She spent half an hour of her time explaining to me what I could expect and provided legal advice. All was free of charge. I would not hesitate to contact them again should any matter become more formal and have to go through court. The service has been quick, professional and very friendly.

Rebecca Brown 01/06/2020

Highly recommend this firm. Having searched around different firms for advice for some time, 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.

Nik Carter 10/05/2020

I recently had a free initial consultation with Henry Brookman via video conference. He was considered and meticulous in his approach and gave me well thought through advice. He followed this up with a letter in writing summarising the advice he gave me. I would thoroughly recommend his services to anyone looking for legal representation in a divorce.