Divorce & Family Lawyers: France

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During divorce, specialist legal advice is essential to ensure UK citizens based in France and French people living in London and other parts of the UK reach comprehensive settlements on finances, property and arrangements for children. Your circumstances may include:

  • Being a French resident in England and Wales or the spouse of a French resident who lives in England and Wales
  • You are English but living in France
  • You were married in France
  • You or your spouse has other family connections with France

How Can A Solicitor Help Secure Your Divorce In France Or England?

There are key differences in the way French and English courts approach divorce settlements. And this could significantly affect the amount one spouse ultimately receives. Different considerations might also apply to children. And this may dictate where they reside following a divorce.

As a result it’s at the very beginning of your Anglo-French divorce that you must make the most important tactical decision: where should the case be heard? In France or England?

An English or French couple based in either country can legitimately seek a divorce in both jurisdictions. But as English courts are known for being more generous to financially weaker spouses, there may be a dispute about where to seek a divorce.

Where more than one country can grant the divorce it’s the court that receives notification first that will decide matters. Sometimes there is a scramble to lodge the divorce petition in the country of choice before the other spouse has a chance to lodge his or her own petition. At Brookman we are able to act with the urgency required to ensure, where possible, you secure the best forum to determine your settlement.

Our Legal Services For French/UK Divorce

In addition to helping you decide the best place to divorce, Brookman can advise on the following:

  • How any financial settlement will be reached – whether through mediation, informal negotiation or a court hearing
  • French legal procedure, including the newly introduced out of court divorce process in France
  • Whether the court will recognise a pre nuptial agreement in relation to French or UK property
  • What financial information you need to disclose

Child Arrangements And Anglo French Divorce

France is a member of the Hague Convention on the International Abduction of Children.

At Brookman we have a great deal of experience in advising on Hague Convention issues. For example, we recently successfully defeated an application under the Hague Convention made by a French National in relation to a child and mother who had returned to the UK.  We have extensive experience in dealing with child relocation issues following divorce in France and the UK and have access to efficient representatives in France.

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At Brookman we are specialist divorce lawyers and family solicitors. We have advised numerous clients who are either UK–based but originate from France, or are living in France but have a connection with England or Wales.

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We are a specialist divorce and international divorce family law firm, 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. Our principal Henry Brookman has practised law for over 40 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.

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Henry Brookman

Henry Brookman is the founding Partner of Brookman Solicitors, described by The Legal 500 as ‘shrewd, savvy, sagacious and highly experienced’.

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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.

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Aziz Malik

Aziz is an Associate Partner at Brookman. He is highly regarded for his expertise on financial matters in divorce and has been recommended by the Legal 500.

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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.

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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.

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Gavin Yeung

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

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Lorraine Imms

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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