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International Marriages

In the modern world it is common for husbands and wives to have different nationalities. Even where they have the same nationality they may have married abroad and lived for extensive periods abroad. They may have property and pension rights elsewhere. Sometimes it is hard to say if a ceremony in one country will be accepted as marriage in another. It is vital to obtain good advice early on.

You have to be sure that you start proceedings in the right country because otherwise you risk wasting money or worse. The repercussions of a wrong choice can extend to children issues, property settlements and maintenance. We have extensive experience of guiding clients through the problems.

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International Marriages

International Marriages - Scenario Analysis Example #1

Mrs K consulted us. She was a UK citizen and married a Venezuelan 20 years ago. They had entered into a standard pre-nuptial agreement. They left Venezuela 3 years later and had since lived in the U.K. Her husband had returned to Venezuela. The two children were with her. He claimed that under Venezuelan law and pursuant to the pre-nuptial agreement they could only divorce there. However this was a difficult and lengthy process. She wished to re-marry and wondered if a “quickie” Haitian divorce would be the answer.

Our Solution:
A Haitian divorce would not be accepted in England. There was a choice between England (because she lived here) or Venezuela (because her husband lived there). However if she accepted Venezuela there could be difficulty concerning maintenance for the children, and other financial repercussions. We consulted a Venezuelan lawyer to cross-check and then chose to start proceedings in England. She obtained a divorce within six months and retained the house in England.

What our clients are saying:

‘EB’, Italy

FAB lawyers!- I was, and continue to be impressed by Henry Brookman’s approach to family law. He has a humanistic style, and is sensitive in handling family issues; in the knowledge children and family stability is at stake. Fortunately, both Henry Brookman and Tommy Lynch were able to advise me with the best legal information for my problems. Henry and Tommy, as well as the secretarial staff at Brookman’s made me feel as ease when meeting them. I should add, I always had a very stereotypical image of city lawyers before meeting them; they are without question extremely competent lawyers, but without being stuffy. Their humour and kindness helped me survive many difficult moments. I would not for one moment hesitate in recommending their services.


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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.