Fighting with your spouse over custody of your children is one of the most difficult things you may ever face. If you and your spouse are living in separate countries, the process can be even more taxing. Thus, it is imperative that you seek assistance from a family law attorney that is experienced in handling international child custody cases.
One of the most highly publicized divorces involving international child custody issues was between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren. Due to the professional golfer’s concerns regarding damage to his reputation after reports of his numerous flings, he agreed to grant Nordegren sole physical custody of their children (with split legal custody) in exchange for her silence on his infidelities. The result is that Nordegren can have her children live in her native Sweden (although not permanently) and Woods will be able to share in the decision-making about the kids’ futures. Woods also has the ability to renegotiate the terms of the child custody arrangement five years from the divorce.
Tiger Woods’ divorce case was handled by Florida courts. National child custody and relocation matters are litigated and decided in state courts. Although there are 50 different sets of laws that may be applied, it is universal that family law judges must consider and determine what is in the best interests of the child in international custody battles. The court must consider international travel when determining the relocation or visitation of a child in a different country.
If you are facing an international divorce and you are concerned about how the custody of your children will be determined, it is time to get the legal help that you need. Let us review the individual circumstances involved in your case and assist you with creating the best strategy for obtaining positive results. We understand that your children are the most important thing to you. Take action now to ensure that your future with them is protected.
If you need assistance with your divorce, contact the Men’s Divorce Law Firm today. Our approach to family law is quite simple: we listen to you; we return your calls promptly; we keep you prepared and informed; we respect your time; we understand your concerns; and, most importantly, we care.