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Expats and divorce, how does it work and how we can help


I want to talk to you today about expats, right. And what I mean by that is British citizens who are not living in Britain, they’re living elsewhere.

Unfortunately marriage breakdown happens to everybody wherever they live – whether they live in England or live in China.

I am not saying that every marriage ends in divorce. Of course it doesn’t. But when that happens and you’re living abroad, what do you do?

You need representation. We regularly act for people who live abroad.

And you’re going to say “Well how do you get instructions Andrew?”

And the answer is quite easy. I have an iPad, we’ve got computers, and more importantly – quite apart from the telephone – we can Skype or Facetime.

So what happens is that we arrange to see clients and we have online meetings. It’s not as good as being across the table, but it’s certainly better than just a telephone call. And you do need to have a relationship with your lawyer. It’s not something you can deal with by post. We’re talking about your future, and your future is not something you should just lightly entrust to anybody. You’ve got to make sure you’re with the right person.

So whether you live in Shanghai, New Delhi, Munich – to name but three places where we’ve dealt with cases or clients – we can help. So location is not necessarily a massive factor – we can get around it. So if you do need advice then we can give advice, wherever you are. So all we will do is we’ll set up a Skype meeting, we’ll go through all your options. We don’t put people under any pressure to make decisions – you don’t need to.

You know at the end of the day you need time to think about it. It’s your future and it’s important that you make the right decisions.

So that’s really it for expats but as I say, help is there if you need it and we can go that extra mile for you.

One of the problems of course about living abroad is time zones because you may be eight or even twelve hours ahead. We can arrange to meet you on Skype. We can do early morning. We can do after hours. I have seen clients at nine o’clock or ten o’clock at night. Sometimes even as early as 6am. I can’t say I am an early bird by nature, but I am willing to go the extra mile for my clients always.

Let me know how I can help you.

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