What To Do When Your Separation Or Divorce Has International Concerns

International travel and property ownership are more prevalent than ever before. Many people have the opportunity to move to buy property, own vacation homes and work abroad, but such moves can create problems if you decide to separate or get divorced.

Westside Family Law has helped families of all backgrounds and nationalities overcome jurisdictional questions. Located within the multinational hub that is Vancouver, we regularly help families in the Lower Mainland who are involved in family disputes concerning international property, assets and/or international corporate commercial dimensions.

Dealing With Cross-Border Property Division Or Divorce

A judge in Canada can grant a divorce only to those who have been living within his or her jurisdiction (locale) for at least 12 months. There are exceptions to this requirement. Therefore, if you separate and move outside the province or the country, you may need to file papers in Court for divorce where you currently live. If one of you stays behind or moves to a third jurisdiction, the case will be more complicated.

Conversely, if you recently moved to the Vancouver area from abroad and decide to get divorced, neither of you will have "habitual residence."

Our lawyers are dedicated to helping you work through these jurisdictional hurdles. We will look at your circumstances in detail and outline your options. Whatever your situation, we're committed to finding a resolution that fits your situation and your needs.

Make Sure You Have Your Marriage Certificate

One of the key pieces of documentation required for a divorce in Canada is your marriage certificate. Without it, it will be difficult to prove the marriage actually took place in the eyes of the law, and thus the Court cannot grant your divorce.

Our firm is well-equipped to help you track down this information, but it could get complicated. Don't worry, though — we will be with you every step of the way and explore all viable options for you.

Experienced Help For Your International Divorce

For many Vancouver residents, travelling internationally means only taking a quick drive down the coast. Even this simple journey or move could impact your options in divorce. Therefore, take advantage of our experience in handling these tricky issues. Call us at 604-800-8853 or send us an email to get started.