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Family money

International divorce and financial settlements

If you or your family have connections with other countries, your financial affairs may be complex.  If you are contemplating divorce or dissolving your civil partnership, we can advise you on whether it might be better for you to do so in the UK or elsewhere.

The rules on financial settlements differ from country to country, with England and Wales known for recognising the contribution of non-working partners who have sacrificed their careers or given up work to care for their family. Other countries have different and often less generous tendencies, but it is important to look at each situation afresh.

Where someone has international business interests, it is not uncommon for attempts to be made to hide assets offshore.  The British courts and our family law solicitors are familiar with all the ways in which spouses try to avoid reaching a fair financial settlement in their divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership.

We take a forensic approach to determining how much you and your former spouse or partner are worth – in the UK and elsewhere.   We will do our best to identify the true extent of your family’s wealth, particularly in those cases where you suspect assets are being hidden.

Key financial issues to address may include:

  • unravelling international financial property, business interests and investments;
  • ensuring a fair split of family wealth;
  • agreeing pension provisions;
  • taking account of any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements; and
  • keeping the tax bill low.

We can help you obtain expert valuations of businesses, investments and pensions and suggest ways in which an appropriate financial settlement might be achieved.

We can advise you

Based in the City of London our matrimonial solicitors are on hand for a convenient appointment between meetings or before your commute home. We will explain your options in straightforward language so that you can make informed decisions about what’s best for you and your children.

We are used to working with busy executives and international families and regularly have meetings via Skype or video call with clients in other time zones.

Funding for legal advice or representation

Once we understand your circumstances, we will advise you on the options that may be available to you.

Contact our matrimonial team

To organise an initial consultation, in complete confidence, please contact a member of our specialist family team who will be able to help.

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