Every marriage is a legal agreement, and every divorce has legal, emotional, and financial implications. Whether issues arise over child custody, child support, spousal support, or asset division, securing a favorable outcome is essential to protecting your post-divorce future. Although all marriage and divorce arrangements present challenges, the most legally complex marriages and divorces are those involving spouses from different parts of the world.
Marriage to a citizen of another country can present significant and myriad challenges which have legal implications. The couple may wish to create a pre-marital agreement that protects each person’s rights in the future. Divorces between spouses from different parts of the world can be even more challenging. Enforcing divorce agreements, ensuring ongoing relationships between parents and children, and preventing disasters like one parent removing a child to another country without consent, can be more difficult when the parents reside in or are citizens of different countries.
An attorney experienced in international matrimonial law can represent and advise you throughout the marriage or divorce process, addressing the complex issues raised by international marriage and divorce. Betty Moore Sandler, IAML, and Partner with Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C. , will help you to protect yourself when entering into an international marriage or terminating one.
The stakes are high in international divorce cases. The risk of parental abduction is often present in these types of cases, and it can be difficult to get your child back once he or she has been taken out of the country. Further, it can be challenging to protect assets that are held in foreign jurisdictions and to ensure that sufficient support is paid once one parent or spouse has left the country and is no longer under the control of the local courts.
Planning ahead to address these issues in prenuptial agreements is essential in order to avoid problems in the event of a divorce. Attorney Betty Moore Sandler helps clients with the unique legal issues relating to an international divorce, including:
Obtaining a divorce from a spouse who is no longer in the country or within the jurisdiction of local courts.
Developing a comprehensive divorce strategy toward the best possible outcome for you.
Assisting in the fair division of marital assets, including investigating the existence of assets held abroad.
Responding to custody emergencies, including potential or actual abduction of a child by a parent.
Assisting in executing a plan to have your child returned if your child has been wrongfully taken abroad.
Assisting with enforcement abroad of custody and support court orders.
Betty Moore Sandler has extensive extensive knowledge of laws that govern international marriage and divorce. She also has a vast network of colleagues worldwide that assist in representing clients on an international level.
In today’s increasingly global world, more couples are joining together from different countries to form family units. In these situations, it is important for you to have your own legal advocate. When entering into or dissolving an international marriage, or for assistance in an international custody dispute, turn to Betty Moore Sandler at Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C. for comprehensive legal advice.