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We are a specialist divorce and international divorce family law team, advising clients in the United Kingdom (specifically England and Wales) and throughout the world. We have a very people-orientated approach to working with clients. Henry Brookman has practised law for over 45 years, and our team has a wide range of skills and expertise. We are recommended by the Legal 500 and have been awarded the Law Society's quality mark, Lexcel.

Talitha is a Partner in the firm and a very experienced practitioner. She has been exclusively practising family law for over 15 years and is a recognised expert in her field. Recommended by The Legal 500, Philip is an expert in all areas of family law, including domestic and international financial disputes, fraud and commercial dispute resolution.

Expert in all areas of family law, often involving cases that have an international element, including work in relation to financial settlements following divorce. Aziz is a Partner at the firm and is highly regarded for his expertise on financial matters in divorce and has been recommended by the Legal 500.
Highlights

read more › At the start of a separation, the situation may seem overwhelming but we are here to support and guide you through the process so that your situation can be solved with a fair outcome. The legal system is also designed to ensure fairness for all parties involved and having a good lawyer is an essential starting point. If your partner will not reach an agreement, the legal process will impose an answer. We always hope that matters can be resolved by negotiation and in the majority of cases, this is true.

read more › Financial proceedings are described as "ancillary" or "ancillary relief" following a divorce. However they are often the most. Pensions are an important part of a family's financial security, and English law provides for pensions to be shared where. Pre-nuptial contracts are standard practice in many countries and have quickly gained popularity in England and Wales. Either party to a marriage can apply for financial settlement once divorce proceedings have been filed. Upon submitting the application to the Court a time-table is imposed.

read more › Brookman Solicitors are expert divorce and family lawyers, situated in London. We specialise in the full range of family legal matters including divorce in the UK and internationally, financial issues, property settlements and children's matters. Whatever your situation, we are here to help you. With our help, your divorce could be a reasonably straightforward procedure. We are skilled at making the divorce process as smooth as it can be whilst also being able to fight your corner if the need arises.

read more › In English law the ground for a divorce is irreconcilable breakdown of a marriage. This is established by adultery on the part of a spouse, unreasonable behaviour on the part of a spouse, mutual agreement to divorce plus 2 years separation, or 5 years separation. Adultery or unreasonable behaviour does not have to occur pre-separation and the petitioner does not have to definitively prove the allegations. If the respondent does not defend (and it is very uncommon for a respondent to defend), then the petitioner can proceed.

read more › Most divorces do not require the consent of the other party. The petitioner of divorce can act unilaterally, unless the divorce is based on 2 years separation with mutual agreement. Both the partners have potential rights arising from the marriage, such as spousal maintenance (in addition to any child maintenance), transfer of property, or lump sum payments. Custody issues are not covered by divorce, and any disputes concerning custody or contact are dealt with by separate proceedings under the Children Act 1989.

read more › A marriage lasts from the ceremony until decree absolute. Any infidelity during marriage is adultery. Following separation, one or both partners often forms a new relationship and this is legally classified as adultery, although not commonly regarded as such. Adultery is one of the grounds upon which a divorce can be started immediately. The court does not penalise adultery and it makes no difference to any financial claim whether a divorce is based on adultery or some other ground. However, the word 'adultery' carries moral overtones and so we are as tactful as possible when suggesting that it is should be used as the ground for divorce.

read more › Often a divorce is the last step in a long process of uncoupling. Inevitably there is hurt and regret along the way, but everyone is different as to how and when. Very often some aspects of a separation and divorce are amicable, while others may produce friction. As lawyers we see our job as being to build on points where there is agreement. Very often the couple are undecided as to who should initiate the divorce proceedings. It does not matter much in England who starts the divorce proceedings, and so deciding which of the couple should take that step is often the first point of agreement.

read more › Separation is one basis for divorce. However, many divorces are brought on different grounds of divorce while a couple are still living in the same house. It may be necessary to prove a date of separation particularly in financial proceedings. This is simply a matter of evidence, for example proof that one party took up a new tenancy in their sole name on a particular date. However, English law does not have a set rule that assets acquired after separation are ignored for settlement purposes. One party can seek a Court Order for sole occupation of a dwelling which will force a separation.

read more › The Court needs a number of documents when you file for divorce. You have to file a Petition setting out the basis of the divorce, and you must file an official form of marriage certificate. If it is not in English, you will need a translation. If you have children then you must also file a Statement of Arrangements concerning them. When a solicitor files the papers, a Certificate Regarding Reconciliation advice must be filed. The Court processes these documents and they are sent ("served") on the other party, who has a limited time to file an Acknowledgement.

read more › From one country to another, the length of time a divorce takes and its financial implications can vary significantly. Yet most people assume they must get a divorce in the country they live in or where they married. Sometimes when people have dual nationality they assume that they can choose as they please. This is not the case, and making the wrong decision about where and how to get divorced could, in some instances, mean the difference between the process taking years rather than months and mean you are left counting the cost.

read more › The wide variety of different family cultures across Europe has given European law makers many problems. International marriages, international work mobility, retirement to other countries; all have forced courts to take a cross-border view. One persistent problem is how to enforce a judgment in one country over assets in another. Another is how to enforce arrangements regarding the children of divorced couples when one moves to another EU country. We are specialist international divorce lawyers and family solicitors and we have advised numerous clients who are either UK-based but originate from another EU country, or are living outside of the UK but have a connection with England or Wales.

read more › We regularly advise clients on cases with Australian connections, including inheritance issues, children proceedings and financial proceedings. We also regularly advise clients in relation to Australian prenuptial agreements and divorce settlement agreements. We also advise local authorities and others as to Australian law and Henry Brookman has been accepted as an expert witness in the High Court. Consider including information such as: the name of your spouse (if relevant), the country you live in, the background to your problem.

read more › We regularly work between the USA and Canada regarding divorce, transatlantic financial issues and children issues. With regard to the USA, we are well aware of the specific aspects of family law and how they differ from state to state. Many of the States in the North East in particular follow the common law model similar to England, whereas many Southern and Western States tend to follow the Community of Property rules derived from continental law. We have dealt with matters involving residents of New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, California, Texas, New Jersey, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida and Washington State, among others.

read more › We regularly deal with clients living in China, Hong Kong and Japan. In particular, the Kyogi Rikon procedure often involves issues. We also have acted for residents of Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The family law systems of these very varied regions reflect their wide range of cultural heritages. This produces complicated issues of enforcement in different countries. It also produces particular problems for foreigners resident in those countries, because there are very different rules as to what level of access they can get to the domestic courts of the country in which they live.

read more › International Divorce & Family Law: Central and South America (including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and the Caribbean). One common characteristic of this very varied continent is generally the existence of a community of property regime, and a high level of respect for unmarried relationships. However, bureaucratic problems often this make a difficult area to negotiate. This particularly produces difficulties in children matters where often rapid decisions need to be made and respected.

read more › This region has a wide range of judicial systems, ranging from pure Sharia courts to wholly secular civil courts. Often the interaction of religious law with civil law as administered in England and Wales leads to particular questions of interpretation. We deal with complex questions between England and a range of Middle Eastern countries and have clients across the region. We have often advised on a range of issues involving citizens of Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Turkey, including Israel divorce, United Arab Emirates divorce, and Saudi Arabia divorce.

read more › We regularly deal with South and East Africa. In 2012 we successfully concluded a ground breaking Child Support case. We are regularly consulted regarding South African prenuptial contracts and their effect under English law. We have also dealt with cases involving citizens of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Uganda. South African family law is based on the Roman - Dutch code, whereas East Africa derives its systems from the earlier English legislation. In many respects, the courts work in similar ways to those in England and Wales, and we frequently advise clients in relation to matters connected with those countries.

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