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Family Cases

Types of Cases

In these pages I shall deal with cases involving disputes between husband and wife or between co-habiting couples, whether of the same sex or otherwise. I shall deal with disputes relating to children (except for child abduction cases, as to which see the special page in this section) and as to financial provision for dependents.

For people born in one country, living in another and who possibly married in or to a national of a third, these issues can be more than a little complicated. Dealing with such cases requires a knowledge of the law of all three (or more) countries involved.

At The International Law Partnership Ltd we believe that it is increasingly unlikely that any one lawyer will have the comprehensive knowledge needed of the law and, possibly, tax systems in each of these jurisdictions.

Our approach is, therefore, to co-ordinate action by our relevant members in the countries in question.

This will often mean holding a conference call - working to an agreed agenda - between involving the client and the various members who might be needed to deal with the case because of their knowledge of the relevant law. Staff at The International Law Partnership Ltd may well chair that conference to make sure that all of the key issues that they have identified over many years have been dealt with to the satisfaction of the various lawyers and the client.

Once the conference call has been concluded the lawyer in the country where the divorce is to be dealt with will assume sole responsibility for dealing with the case but, if he or she needs to do so, they will be able to call upon the other lawyers for such further input as they think necessary.

All of this may sound horrendously expensive but, in practice, it tends to be the fastest and cheapest solution to a complicated problem.

The same basic strategy applies to each of the categories of dispute to which I have referred.

Conciliaiton and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

In many countries the general judicial approach is now to encourage couples to try to work through their problems and to find mutually acceptable solutions to the practical issues that arise. These solutions must always be set against the backdrop of the parties' legal rights and any agreement that strays too far from those entitlements may well not be approved by the various authorities involved. Dealing with such informal dispute resolution in the context of a relationship spanning several countries can, as you can imagine, be quite complicated and may involve our members in the various countries in question feeding into the person responsible for the process their observations as to the legal background in the countries in question.

Please see our Legal Guide to ADR.

Next steps

Please look at the Legal Guides, videos, MP3 seminars and other materials set out to the right of this page.

If you would like us to help you, please complete our Client Pack and send it back to us. We will contact you to clarify your requirements and then introduce you to the person most appropriate to deal with your case.

If you do not find the information that you need, please send us an email explaining your problem and we will contact you.

© The International Law Partnership Ltd. Page last revised 5 Feb 2010

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