Do I Need to Divorce in Another Country?
Over the years I have developed an extensive expat divorce practice. I have particular expertise in advising clients working in the oil and gas industry, who often reside in areas where they do not wish to apply for international divorce. I also have developed a sound understanding of the legal systems of North America and Europe having spent the last ten years sitting on the board of international organisations.
The expats I advise often don’t know that they are able to divorce in Scotland even if they continue to live abroad. Most are relieved to hear that they can divorce in Scotland as they would rather not divorce somewhere where there are layers of bureaucracy, cultural/religious differences and often language barriers to contend with.
In the majority of international divorce cases, an expat divorce through the Scottish courts wouldn’t require either spouse to travel back home to start your divorce. I can start proceedings and carry out the divorce in Scotland on your behalf. Some documents will need to be signed by you but they can be sent securely by courier. Alternatively, because I am a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), a past board member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and the current secretary of the European Academy of Collaborative Professionals (ENCP), I have reliable legal contacts around the world, many of whom have become good friends.
That means that I can pick up the phone to any number of legal experts around the world the majority of whom are happy to provide me with almost instant advice.
There may be a small added cost if both of you reside outwith Scotland as in order to get over the residential requirements we would need to process the divorce in Scotland’s highest court -the Court of Session. You will of course save on paying UK VAT if you reside out with the EU!
An uncontested expat divorce in Scotland will take the same time to process as one where both spouses are living here.