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International Family Lawyers

Our dedicated international family lawyers offer tailored legal solutions across a range of global family issues. We pride ourselves on providing empathetic, strategic support, ensuring our clients' needs are met with precision and care.
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Looking for assistance in an international family law matter?

When your family matters cross international borders, the legal landscape can become incredibly complex. 

Dealing with different jurisdictions means navigating varying legal systems, laws, and procedures. 

Many law firms are not equipped to handle cases where there is an interface between family law and international law.

At Stanford Legal, we have the expertise to offer our clients legal assistance and representation with international family law matters through our principal Emario Welgampola.

Emario has gained extensive experience in practising across three commonwealth countries over three decades with the last 23 of them here in Australia. 

He has helped clients with a range of international family matters including:

  • international Property Settlements
  • Superannuation splitting agreements,
  • International custody matters; and
  • international child abduction matters under The Hague Convention

If you want to learn more about how our team can help, we offer free initial consultations to understand your needs and advise on the best strategy moving forward. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us on 07 3703 1801 or via our online contact form.

Our international family law services

Our expertise in international family law ensures that your case is handled with the utmost care and precision, no matter where in the world your legal issues arise.

We can assist with a range of services including:

International Property Settlements

Managing international property settlements requires a comprehensive understanding of multiple legal jurisdictions and the ability to negotiate fair outcomes across borders.

We have expertise in resolving disputes over international assets, ensuring equitable distribution according to the laws of each relevant country.

Whether it involves real estate, investments, or business interests abroad, our team meticulously assesses each asset’s value and legal standing, striving for settlements that protect our client’s interests and facilitate a clear path forward.

International Superannuation Splitting Agreements

Superannuation splitting in the context of international family law presents unique challenges, given the varying rules and regulations of different countries. 

Stanford Legal expertly overcome these challenges, ensuring that superannuation assets are accurately valued and equitably divided. 

We work closely with our clients to understand the nuances of their superannuation entitlements and secure agreements that recognise their financial contributions, regardless of where those assets are held. 

Our goal is to achieve a splitting arrangement that respects both parties’ futures.

International Child Custody

In international custody matters, the well-being of the child is paramount. 

Stanford Legal approaches these sensitive cases with a focus on achieving outcomes that serve the best interests of the child while respecting international legal frameworks. 

We handle negotiations and legal proceedings involving cross-border custody disputes, working diligently to ensure arrangements that support the child’s emotional and physical well-being. 

Our expertise in international law and dedication to compassionate advocacy guide families toward resolutions that honour the child’s connection to both parents, regardless of geographic boundaries.

International Child Abduction

Dealing with international child abduction requires immediate action and an expert understanding of The Hague Convention and other international agreements. 

Stanford Legal provides swift and decisive legal assistance to address these critical situations, prioritising the safe return of the child. 

We work with international legal bodies and jurisdictions to navigate the complex legal processes involved, aiming to resolve these matters with the child’s best interest at heart. 

Our experienced team is committed to reuniting families while ensuring the legal rights of all parties are respected and upheld.

Book your free initial consultation today

Need an expert to handle the complexities of your international family law case? 

book your free initial consultation today or call us on 07 3703 1801 if you have any questions. 

Let our experienced international family lawyers guide you through every step, ensuring your legal matters are handled with expertise and care.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the first steps to take when dealing with an international family law issue?

Yes, assistance can be provided in cases of international child abduction under The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Convention aims to ensure the prompt return of children who have been abducted from their country of habitual residence. Legal practitioners experienced in international family law can guide you through the process of applying for the child’s return, liaising with the Central Authority in Australia, and representing you in court proceedings related to the application. They can also advise on the legal strategies and evidence required to support your case under the Convention.

Before initiating an international family law case, several key factors should be considered:

Jurisdiction: Determine which country’s courts have the jurisdiction to hear your case, as laws and legal processes vary significantly across countries.

Legal Representation: Seek legal advice from a lawyer who has expertise in international family law and is familiar with the legal system of the relevant country.

Impact on Children: Consider the welfare and best interests of any children involved, particularly in cases of custody or relocation.

Financial Implications: Be aware of the potential costs associated with pursuing a case internationally, including legal fees, travel expenses, and any necessary translations of documents.

Long-term Outcomes: Think about the long-term implications of your case’s outcome on your family relationships and financial situation.

Compliance with different jurisdictions in international family law matters is ensured through:

Understanding Local Laws: Lawyers specialising in international family law are well-versed in the laws of the relevant jurisdictions and can navigate the complexities of different legal systems.

International Agreements: Adhering to international agreements, such as The Hague Convention, which provide frameworks for resolving certain cross-border family law issues.

Collaboration with Local Lawyers: Often, international family lawyers collaborate with legal practitioners in the other relevant country to ensure that any actions taken are compliant with local laws and court procedures.

Court Orders: In some cases, obtaining court orders that are recognized and enforceable in the other jurisdiction is necessary to ensure compliance.

When dealing with an international family law issue, the first steps to take include:

Seek Specialised Legal Advice: Contact a lawyer who specialises in international family law to understand your legal rights and options.

Gather Relevant Documentation: Collect all relevant legal documents, such as marriage certificates, birth certificates of children, previous court orders, and any existing prenuptial agreements.

Assess Jurisdiction and Venue: Determine the most appropriate jurisdiction for your case, considering where you, your partner, and any children primarily reside, as well as where your assets are located.

Develop a Strategy: Work with your lawyer to develop a strategy that considers the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of your situation.

Consider Mediation: Before proceeding with litigation, consider whether mediation or other forms of dispute resolution might be a viable option to resolve the issue amicably.

Taking these initial steps can help ensure that you are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of international family law matters.



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