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:

‘MK’, London

Henry Brookman manages to combine his wealth of international law experience, a superb network of legal colleagues, and a deft personal touch in dealing with both clients and counterparties.On a highly sensitive matter spanning three countries jurisdictions, confidentiality and focus was maintained throughout the process. Upon requiring the additional services of a barrister, the colleague retained was prodigious. Equally impressive was the structure of the resolution provided ongoing discretion and maintainability. As a senior banker, in terms of return on investment, this was one of the best deals I have seen for some time.


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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.

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