At Pullos Lawyers, we are well equipped to deal with international family law matters. Our staff are experienced in international matters and we also possess strong connections with overseas family lawyers.
We have a long history of acting for people who are living internationally, including South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Latvia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. No matter which country you or your spouse or partner are living in we can assist in this very complex area.
With an increasingly mobile global population, issues often arise that involve the need to take into account the parties rights in different countries. Often these cases are very complex due to the variation in laws and rights of each party in differing countries. This is often referred to as “conflict of laws” as it relates particularly to international family law cases. These different rights and entitlements, and the conflict between them, can arise in matters related to property and financial issues and in relation to children.
Taking Children Overseas and Hague Convention
When it comes to children, many countries around the world have signed the international treaty known as “The Hague Convention” which greatly assists in the recovery of children removed from one country to another where both countries are signatories to the convention. Unfortunately, many countries are not signatories to that Convention and even more complexity arises in these cases.
Our lawyers have dealt with many matters involving international child abduction, cases where children have not been returned from an overseas "holiday" and cases where parents simply return to their country of origin with the children without the consent of the other parent.
We have acted on many occasions to prevent children being taken out of the country so as to avoid the trauma and uncertainty of being left to retrieve a child if their departure is not prevented. These applications almost always need to be brought urgently and by lawyers who have a good knowledge of the applicable law, the procedure in the Courts and in liaising with the Australian Federal Police and the various government departments that can be of assistance.
International Property Settlements
The division of property can raise issues about international family law and the interaction between different laws in different countries. Some parties may find they have a choice of country to bring their proceedings in, others won't have that choice but may need to trace, value or protect assets in other countries. Many cases involve all of those issues.
Pullos Lawyers have experience in matters involving property not only in Australia but also in South Africa, USA, Japan, Greece, Italy, France, the UK, the Middle East, Latvia, New Zealand and Switzerland.
Cassandra Pullos is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners providing a strong association with family law firms throughout the United States of America, the UK, Europe and South East Asia. At Pullos Lawyers, we are well equipped to deal with international family law matters.
Our staff are experienced in international matters and we also possess strong connections with overseas family lawyers.