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Family Law Blog written by Judith Buckland

Comment on divorce & family law 

Expat confusion over where to divorce

Expat divorce the options.

In a time when both international families and divorce are on the increase, I very often receive calls from clients who live out of the UK asking whether they can use the English court system to start divorce proceedings. I am often not the first lawyer they have consulted and too often they have received conflicting information. They are unsurprisingly very confused and frustrated in relation to the lack of information and indeed knowledge from the family law profession.  ...

British expat living in Spain – where can and should you divorce?

Expat divorce in Europe.

Spain has the largest British expat community in Europe so it’s perhaps no surprise the volume of calls we receive from people who live in Spain asking whether they can use the English court system to start divorce proceedings. I am often not the first family law solicitor they have consulted and sometimes they have received very conflicting information. Unsurprisingly they are confused and frustrated by the apparent lack of information and indeed knowledge from the family law profession.

Spousal maintenance explained

Divorce - spousal maintenance.

Spousal maintenance is often a complicated subject. With advice from your family lawyer the starting point should always be to carefully consider what your reasonable income needs are.

Divorce with an international element - shopping around

Divorce with an international element - shopping around.

In this day and age we see an increase in international families and inevitably this has a knock on effect when sadly those relationships come to an end.It can lead to a process known amongst divorce lawyers as ‘forum shopping’ and family practitioners must always give consideration to the best forum to use for a client where there is any international element in relation to issues concerning divorce and separation.Financial provision and outcomes on legal separation...

More shared residence orders

Talk around custody of children is still something that is commonplace, despite the fact that that term has not been formal in use in legal terms for years. These days, it is about residence and contact and increasingly shared residence. It may be that they are still only resident at their dad’s at weekends and holidays: it should not imply a 50/50 split but allows a framework for true shared parenting. This though can remain elusive unless both parents...

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