What will be recognised in an English court?

If you were married or divorced abroad it is important for you to know whether that act will be recognised in England.

This is important because your marital status can affect a wide range of issues including:

  1. Immigration
  2. Tax
  3. Welfare benefits
  4. Wills and inheritance
  5. Succession
  6. The legitimacy of children
  7. Financial issues at the time of relationship breakdown

We are able to advise on a range of matters relating to foreign marriages and divorce including:

  1. Whether a marriage that took place abroad will be recognised in England and Wales. This will depend on whether the marriage complied with the formalities of the law of the country in which it took place, and whether you had the legal capacity to marry
  2. The recognition of foreign divorces. This can be complex and the test for its validity will depend on how the divorce was obtained in the other country and your connection with that country at the time
  3. Whether you can bring an application before the English court for a financial order following a foreign divorce. If you have been divorced outside of England and Wales you may be able to do this, depending on the circumstances of your individual case. See also ‘Financial Provision after a Foreign Divorce