Divorce in France

Specialist international family lawyers

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If you are living and/or working in France 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 France, French individuals married to UK nationals and French families living in the UK. We also have strong links with a network of French 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 France, including Paris, Charente, the Dordogne and the South of France. We have a long association with French law firm Alvarez & Arlabosse, based in Fréjus, and we are regularly instructed by clients based on the Cote d’Azur, in locations such as Cannes and Nice.

Choosing where to divorce – England or France?

The divorce process, spousal maintenance and the division of assets are treated differently in France 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 solicitor 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 French courts and English courts will make additional allowances if the spouse has custody of any children.

Next steps

If you would like to have an initial no obligation online consultation with our Head of International Family Law, Anthony Kiernan, you can contact him by email or by telephone:

Alternatively, please complete the free call back form to request a 30 minute complimentary consultation by video conference or telephone to discuss your case.

Our team

Our team of international lawyers is headed by Anthony Kiernan, who has been a member of the French bar for 10 years, and has extensive experience of cross jurisdictional divorces, custody disputes and disputes involving the Hague Convention. He is often consulted or referred to by other English solicitors on French related matters and French lawyers on family law matters in England. Anthony is assisted by Sophia Kelly, a paralegal based in our family law team in the London City office. Both Anthony and Sophia are French speakers.