International Matters

Today, during their marriage, people frequently cross international borders to live. At the most basic level, this often leads to assets being located in different countries.

Issues of jurisdiction, enforceability and entitlements often arise and require careful, considered advice. Starting proceedings in the wrong jurisdiction can sometimes have irreparable consequences to the outcome of your matter. We have advised clients from around the world with connections to Australia.

Our firm has been involved in several leading cases about choice of jurisdiction. We regularly advise and act on matters where we are either seeking to retain proceedings in Australia or seeking to stop them because of what is happening in other countries. We are members of the International Bar Association and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Leading cases in which we have acted:

Pagliotti & Hartner [2009] FamCAFC 18
D & L [2005] FamCA 479

Countries in which we have had dealings:

Belgium
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Channel Islands Guernsey
Channel Islands Jersey
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Italy
Japan
Monaco
New Zealand
Singapore
South Africa
Switzerland
The Philippines
United Kingdom
United States of America

Countries with which we have a professional affiliation presence:

ArgentinaHong KongScotland
AustriaHungarySingapore
BahamasIndiaSouth Africa
BarbadosIrelandSpain
BelgiumIsraelSweden
BermudaItalySwitzerland
BrazilJapanTurkey
CanadaLuxembourgUkraine
Channel Islands GuernseyMalaysiaUnited Arab Emirates
Channel Islands JerseyMaltaUnited States of America
ChileMauritiusWales
CyprusMexico
DenmarkMonaco
Dominican RepublicNetherlands
EnglandNew Zealand
FinlandNorthern Ireland
FrancePoland
GermanyPortugal
GreeceRussian Federation