Married individuals who conduct business overseas, or who travel frequently for vacation or other purposes, may find themselves subject to the laws of different countries when it comes time to discuss divorce, child custody, property distribution and financial arrangements. For many couples, this is a serious concern because the laws of different international jurisdictions vary greatly.
An international divorce may affect those families which immigrated to the United States from another country but purchased or maintained certain property outside of domestic borders. It may apply to those families who travel frequently back and forth between the United States and other countries, conducting business, buying property or making investments in those foreign lands. International divorce may also affect those couples who travel with their children over international frontiers and who may have enrolled their children in programs or schools overseas. For many couples, there are confusing issues concerning citizenship, residency and domiciliary status.
Nobody should enter into an international divorce case without competent legal counsel. Such cases may involve critical and strategic decisions affecting the place and timing of the divorce, child custody rights, and financial transactions. They may entail special considerations regarding the enforcement of judgments and the collectability of support. These issues are often extremely complex and frustrating, even to attorneys who regularly practice family law in their local communities.
Mark S. Guralnick is not only a certified family lawyer, but he is also licensed to practice law in nine U.S. states, in England, Wales, Scotland, and in Saipan and the Northern Mariana Islands. This puts him at the forefront of international family law on three continents – in North America, Europe, and the South Pacific. Mark S. Guralnick is also board certified in international law by the Florida Bar, and he is the former chairman of the International Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar. In addition, he is an active member of the family law section of the International Bar Association. The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick have the expertise and the worldwide experience to provide timely practical advice and guidance to our international divorce clients.