Divorce in Spain

Specialist international family lawyers

If you are living and/or working in Spain it can be hard to know where to go for clear and reliable advice. Language barriers and complex foreign laws contribute to the difficulty of divorcing abroad.

Our team of specialist international divorce and family lawyers based in the UK advise British expats living in Spain, Spanish individuals married to UK nationals and Spanish families living in the UK. We have Spanish speaking lawyers and strong links with a network of Spanish law firms, so we can obtain the best advice for our clients when an international perspective is needed.

We take the time to understand your personal circumstances and work with you to develop the best course of action. We always communicate with our clients in the way that suits them best, responding quickly at all times. Visiting an office or travelling to the UK is not necessary as all meetings can take place via video conferencing and telephone.

Our clients come from all areas of Spain, including the regions and towns of Andalusia, Cadiz, Sotogrande, Marbella, Puerto Banus, Malaga, Alicante, Valencia, Seville, Madrid and Barcelona. We are regularly instructed by clients from the Costa del Sol region.

Choosing where to divorce – England or Spain?

The divorce process, spousal maintenance and the division of assets are treated differently in Spain and England and deciding where to divorce can have a significant impact on your financial outcome. It is essential to get expert advice from your divorce lawyer quickly as the first party to issue proceedings is likely to determine which country the case will be heard in. Although the choice of jurisdiction may later be challenged it is very difficult to switch jurisdictions once divorce proceedings have started.

London is known as the divorce capital of the world because the court system provides for a forensic examination of the assets, spousal maintenance and a starting point of sharing the assets equally. Using the English courts is often more efficient and cost-effective than divorce through the Spanish courts and English courts will make additional allowances if the spouse has custody of any children.

Next Steps

To arrange a call back to discuss your circumstances, please call our international family law team on +44(0)20 7426 4915 or complete the call back form. Please note we do not offer legal aid.

International family law team

Our team of international lawyers is headed by Anthony Kiernan who has extensive experience of cross jurisdictional divorces, custody disputes and disputes involving the Hague Convention.