Parental Responsibility

What is it? Parental responsibility (PR) is defined by law as “all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities and authority that, by law, a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property.” This may include aspects of your child’s life such as determining where your child lives, the name of…

Divorce as an Expat in Brazil

As an expat living in Brazil or elsewhere you may not even realise that you have a choice of countries in which to divorce. Can I get divorced in Brazil even if I didn’t get married there? Divorce in Brazil is possible if you married abroad and subsequently registered the marriage in Brazil. Can I…

Is my Divorce recognised in England?

How do I know if my divorce is legal?   When considering divorce as an expat, most people’s first thought isn’t “will my divorce be recognised in England?”. Surely being divorced in one country means that you would be divorced in any country? This is not actually the case, and it is something that is…

5 Family Law Myths in the Media

This article on ‘Family Law Myths’ was written by Byron James, Barrister at Expatriate Law. It was first published in the Transparency Project.   Some quarters of the press have behaved so badly recently that passengers are no longer able to buy their wares on Virgin West Coast trains. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to…

Expat Divorce: England vs Texas

For those living as an expat and considering divorce in Texas, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons of divorcing in Texas with those when divorcing in England. This guide compares both divorce jurisidiction in terms of divorce process, timescale and outcome.   Expat Divorce in England and Wales Expat Divorce in…