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International Family Lawyer

Navigating cross-border challenges in family law

In today’s interconnected world, international family law matters require a nuanced approach. From child custody disputes involving multiple jurisdictions to international divorces and property settlements, our experienced team understands the complexities and intricacies of international family law.


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How we can help with your international family law matters

Family law matters can involve international complexities and multiple jurisdictions. At Orbell Family Lawyers, we have established a strong network of exceptional family law firms worldwide, allowing us to ensure that our clients receive proper representation wherever their case may extend.

Throughout the entire international family law process, our dedicated team will work tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for you.

International family law matters can be highly complex, and individual circumstances may vary. It is essential to seek legal advice from an experienced family lawyer with expertise in international family law to obtain personalised guidance and support tailored to your specific situation.

International Child Custody

Our team of lawyers has extensive experience in handling cases related to The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. We have successfully pursued applications for the recovery of children from foreign jurisdictions, and have also effectively prevented children from being taken out of Australia by placing them on the ‘Watch List.’ Time is of utmost importance in these situations. Expert family law advice is crucial.

International Property Settlement

We are well-versed in dealing with matters involving competing interests in relation to international property.

Our firm recognises the importance of effective communication, especially in international cases. We are experienced in working with interpreters to facilitate clear communication between clients, witnesses, and during court proceedings. Our attention to detail extends to court document preparation, ensuring accuracy and adherence to legal requirements.

With our expertise in international family law matters, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and effective legal representation tailored to your specific needs.

Questions about?

Questions about International Family Law?

If you and your former partner reside in different countries, determining child custody arrangements and resolving other family law matters can be complex. International treaties, such as the Hague Convention, help facilitate cooperation between countries to ensure the best interests of the child are protected. It is essential to seek legal advice to navigate these cross-border challenges effectively.

Relocation cases involving international moves require careful consideration. The Court’s primary focus is on the best interests of the child. Factors such as the child’s relationship with both parents, the impact on the child’s well-being, and the proposed parenting arrangements in the new country are taken into account when determining child custody in such cases.

Australia has reciprocal arrangements with various countries to enforce child support obligations internationally. The Department of Human Services (Child Support) can assist in enforcing child support orders between countries that have signed international agreements or treaties.

International property settlements require a thorough analysis of the relevant laws and jurisdictional considerations. The Court will consider factors such as the location of assets, the country where the marriage or relationship occurred, and any applicable international agreements or conventions when determining the division of assets.

If you were married overseas and wish to seek a divorce in Australia, you can do so if either you or your spouse consider Australia as your home and intend to live indefinitely in Australia. It is advisable to consult with a family lawyer to understand the specific requirements and procedures for initiating a divorce in Australia.

International Family Law Process
Initial Consultation

Meet with us to discuss your priorities and gain a clear understanding of the international family law system. We'll provide practical recommendations based on your unique circumstances and concerns.


Together, we will develop a strategy to address your specific issues, considering your priorities and goals.


Our team will assist you in negotiating a favourable resolution with your former partner, aiming to reach an agreement without going to court. However, if court intervention becomes necessary, we are strong advocates.


Once an agreement is reached, we will ensure that it is properly documented to be legally enforceable both in Australia and any other relevant jurisdictions.


We will guide and support you through the process of implementing the agreement, providing the necessary assistance to help you move forward with certainty and peace of mind.



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