When faced with a breakdown of your marriage, things can be complicated enough but if your situation also has an international element, things can be even harder to work through as often there is more than one country that could deal with your divorce.
As family law solicitors we come across some really sad and upsetting cases at times, none more challenging than cases of parental child abduction. Over the past two years I have noticed an increase in calls from fathers who literally say “my worst nightmare” has happened – my ex-partner has taken our children abroad. This is often the start of lengthy, costly and highly emotional parental child abduction proceedings.
Over the years it has become apparent that in order to reach an agreement on financial claims within divorce proceedings people, both lawyers and clients, can approach things in a slightly haphazard manner which can create difficulties and ultimately add time, stress and cost, often unnecessarily.
Social media is an established part of our world now and with live tweeting from Courts, the possibility of service of legal documents via Facebook message and pages and pages of screenshots being submitted in evidence, it is having a profound influence on family law legal proceedings.