International Family Law
International Legal Services for Residents of Florida
At Sasser, Cestero & Roy, P.A., we understand that family law issues can and often do cross international borders. In the 21st century, it is common for families to immigrate to a new country, have various real estate holdings in multiple countries, or marry outside of the United States. With decades of experience resolving complex, high-profile client cases with international components, our attorneys are seasoned experts and can assist you with matters involving property, financial, and/or business interests across international borders.
What Is International Family Law?
International family law encompasses any family-related matter regarding an international element.
International Divorce Services
While the international community has attempted to resolve the complexity of the judicial process when it comes to international divorce through the Hague Conference on Private International Law, this process remains complicated without the aid of an experienced lawyer.
It would be in your best interests to hire an international divorce lawyer in one or more of the following situations:
- You were married in another country
- One spouse (or both) live overseas
- You have real estate or property in one or more countries
- You have children that were born in different countries
Cases such as this require a keen understanding of international law and the rules and practices of foreign court systems. The rules pertaining to a client’s rights regarding child custody, child support, alimony, and asset and property division vary according to country. As such, clients may find themselves in a precarious situation where their rights conflict according to the country they are visiting.
We have extensive experience consistently delivering results to clients in complex, international family law matters.
Foreign Marital Assets
A common aspect of international divorce involves determining which foreign assets are considered marital property. Foreign marital assets may arise in situations where:
- A marriage took place outside of the U.S.
- A spouse was not born in the U.S.
- A couple married abroad and then moved to the U.S.
- A spouse lived and worked abroad and has benefits in their home country
- A spouse is from another country but moved to the U.S. to be with their spouse
International Alimony & Child Support Issues
The American legal system mandates that parents care for their child’s needs – regardless of where the child resides. In most cases, that means enforcing custody and child support across state or country borders. Further, the law intends that when a child re-locates or moves overseas, a parent’s support obligation shall continue.
The 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, provides custodial parents in the U.S. with a way to collect child support from foreign parents, or for foreign custodial parents to collect child support from parents in the U.S.