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Arizona International Divorce & Court Lawyers

International divorce is never easy but we can help you do it right.

While ending a marriage is probably one of the hardest decision that anyone can face, it is extremely important to have the right guidance during this process from the very beginning. Working out whether you have the legal right to start a divorce or dissolution in a particular country can be a complicated process.

Even if you are just considering whether or not you should get divorced or not, knowledgeable and truthful legal advice can help you avoid costly and irreparable mistakes. No other mean can replace the value of proper legal advice from a qualified lawyer who has understood the specifics of your situation and who can give you counsel based on what you are trying to achieve.

There are many steps to be taken in order to dissolve a marriage, as well as multiple forms to approach this process depending on your circumstances and whether your partner would like to cooperate or not. In addition, the specifics of the relationship such as the length of the union, the presence of children amongst others, can greatly affect what avenue should you take.

The law in other countries and even states can greatly differ. In ARIZONA, what’s called ‘matrimonial property’, which broadly means assets owned or acquired during the marriage or civil partnership, is taken into account AND DIVIDED EQUALLY.

This is due to Arizona being a “No-Fault” state. This means that neither of the parties has to demonstrate a causal for divorce, they just have to file for divorce and comply with other requirements in order for the process to get started. There is no need to show that the other party has given any reasons that will justify the dissolution of the marriage.

In some countries outside the US, separating couples don’t have to tell each other about their financial assets during divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership.


We are Experts at International Divorce

Divorce is a legal process that can be lengthy and expensive if not handled properly. This is especially true when one of the parties refuses to cooperate. This situation can be aggravated by the fact that more and more people from different countries or different nationalities get married making the divorce process even more complex.

Decisions regarding topics such as asset division, jurisdiction, child relocation become even more complicated and need special knowledge and expertise in order to abide by local, US and international laws and regulations. Failing to do this can have devastating repercussions that may affect greatly your future and that of your loved ones.


At Collins & Collins, we specialize in international family law and have had a vast experience in this field with successful outcomes for our clients. We understand the importance of making the knowledgeable and speedy actions.


Issues that commonly arise in an international divorce are:

    • International Divorce Jurisdiction: where a divorce should take place and the rules that govern it.
    • Financial Outcome: making sure that your assets are protected and recognized properly in an international divorce.
    • International Relocation of Children: getting proper permission to relocate overseas.
    • Child Abduction: what to do if your child is taken without your knowledge or consent.


How We Approach International Divorce or Dissolution

We are a specialist international family and divorce law firm and leaders in this field. This is reflected by the many independent legal directories awards that our firm has received as well by the strong track record of our partners. When the time comes to make legal decisions that will affect your future, Collins & Collins. L.L.P. will focus on your needs and goals and will represent you aggressively, fairly, ethically and competently. Collins & Collins L.L.P. has a reputation for competence and dedication to the needs of our clients.

When it comes to international divorce, where you start the divorce proceedings could affect how your finances are divided (asset division). Therefore, it is very important that you have a clear understanding of the following issues before commencing your international divorce process:


  • How your divorce or dissolution location can affect your settlement
  • Establishing where (what country) you can divorce or dissolve your marriage or civil partnership
  • Deciding what to do next about your international divorce or dissolution of marriage


Understanding International Divorce or Dissolution

If you or your ex-partner (husband, wife or civil partner) decides to start divorce or dissolution proceedings outside of the country you currently live in, what you do next will depend on whether they start in another state within the US, or in another country as laws differ from Europe (EU), Asia, Central America, South America, Australia and additional countries.

The system for divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership in Arizona is also slightly different to the one in other states. If you start proceedings in another part of the US to where you currently live, you will have to consider how this might affect your financial settlement.


Understanding where the international divorce will take place will depend on several factors which include:

  • The country that has the closest connection with both partners.
  • How your divorce or dissolution location can affect your settlement.
  • The presence of prenuptial agreements.
  • Where you live now and during your marriage or civil partnership
  • Where you and your partner were born and nationalities
  • Where your mother or father was born or lived
  • Where you married or registered your civil partnership
  • Where you own property
  • The location of other assets such as bank accounts, bonds, businesses, pensions, bonds, etc.


Understanding the legal status of prenuptial agreements:


Prenuptial agreements are often used by couples who want to agree – before they marry or become civil partners – how they would divide their money, assets, and property, should they decide to separate or get divorced.

Over the last decade, there has been a surge in the number of Prenuptial agreements. However, courts will generally take them into account as one of the circumstances of the international divorce case and will give significant weight to them provided certain safeguards have been met. For example:


  • The financial needs of the children are adequately taken care of.
  • Both parties had taken legal advice on the implications of entering into the agreement before signing it.
  • Whether they are treated as being legally enforceable.
  • Establishing where you can divorce or dissolve your marriage or civil partnership.


It’s normally a better idea to take advice from a lawyer who specializes and has experience in international divorce cases and marriage dissolution. But be aware that this will make it much harder to reach an amicable agreement with your ex-partner.


Pros of first taking legal advice for an International Divorce Lawyer:

You should seek legal advice from specialist international family law attorney. It is recommended that you do this before negotiating with your ex-partner or before exploring mediation with them. This is because the risk of losing control of where you decide to start international divorce proceedings can have serious implications.


After a consultation with an international divorce attorney:

  • You will know whether you can get divorced or dissolve your civil partnership outside the country you now live in.
  • You will know what the consequences of getting divorced or dissolving your civil partnership in another country could be.


At Collins & Collins, L.L.P., we are experts at practicing international family law. We understand that every case if different and that our clients have options when it comes to international divorce. While in some cases tough and aggressive representation may be necessary, in others, mediation may be the best option.


Joe Collins has been my attorney for 6 years now. I have contracted his services for family law and for advising on a criminal act perpetrated by a family member against my dependent child.

Joe and his father Bob Collins have been excellent assets throughout my family court proceedings that were complex and lengthy. Joe Collins is well known in the family court system being both knowledgeable of the other litigating attorneys, and the judges that rotate on and off the bench.

An added perk was that Bob Collins has a police background and he is skilled in the analytical methods used by law enforcement.

I prevailed in my lengthy court proceedings because I had an excellent, savvy, cost-effective, tenured legal team representing me and the best interests of my dependents.

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Jon was extremely professional when working my case for a guardianship of a child. Jon’s work was very efficient and he kept in constant contact with me about my case leaving me feeling comfortable and taken care of.

I felt secure with Jon in my corner on my case and because of Jon and the great work he did for me, my family member was kept safe from harm at all times and was spared from potential and detrimental psychological harm.

Jon is a great lawyer and despite his extremely busy schedule, makes you feel that you matter and are a priority to him as his client.

I would recommend Jon Collins to all my friends, family and any other person that needs legal counsel. If I need legal counsel in the future, I know I will definitely be seeking help from Jon Collins every time.

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Additionally to the emotional turmoil related to the process of divorce, you may have many questions about divorce that we can help you answer with certainty such as:

  • Should I get divorced?
  • What will happen to the children?
  • How can the property and debts be divided?
  • Is divorce the right option for me?
  • What can I do if my partner does not want a divorce?
  • How can I reduce costs in my divorce?
  • How long will a divorce take?
  • What am I entitled to?
  • What can I expect during my international divorce?


Often an international divorce does not end with an agreement or court order; as situations change, adjustments may need to be made to accommodate those changes. Therefore, our representation does not end at the negotiating table or in court. We stand beside you throughout the divorce legal process and afterward as you implement court orders and decisions.

Where court proceedings are necessary, our attorneys will robustly deal with the case to ensure the best possible outcome and aim to minimize the divorce financial cost. Please be aware that extra care needs to be taken in cases facing an international divorce.

You may have many more questions and it is highly likely that as time passes on new ones may arise. However, we are positive that we are the best international divorce attorney phoenix for our clients who have expressed their satisfaction in our multiple testimonials.

International Divorce and Finances

Finances and children are usually the most stressful topics to resolve when a marriage is ending. With our team of expert lawyers, we can help make this process less stressful as you are guided by a team who is reputable, experienced and highly knowledgeable.

Even if you are just considering the possibility of ending your marriage, please seek the proper legal advice. Following the recommendations made by a professional in family law can greatly help you steer away from turmoil and have a smooth as possible international divorce process from start to finish.

In an international divorce, usually the claims over financial assets consist of:

  • Properties
  • A lump sum of money
  • Transferring assets
  • Maintenance
  • Pensions

When it comes to getting advice about your international divorce and finances, our expert team of attorneys can assist and guide you to make sure that you understand and are aware of what you are entitled to and there is also full and relevant financial disclosure of the value of all assets (including business interests, pensions, bank accounts, business shares, investments and others) in order to get a reasonable and sensible financial divorce settlement. Such financial claims can also include any relevant children.


What You can Expect from our Law Firm

We are a family law firm in Arizona with offices in Phoenix and Payson. We have worked with several embassies and consulates as well as clients from all over the world to help them resolve their international divorce case.

At Collins & Collins, L.L.P we are selective when it comes to the cases that we take on. The reason? Simple, we want to make sure that we are able to provide or clients the best possible legal representation that we can provide in order to meet their demands and individual circumstances.


Our International Divorce Attorney Fees

We understand that you may be fearful of the high costs of paying an International Divorce Lawyer. We believe in offering excellent legal representation at a fair price. That is why you will find that we offer highly competitive attorney fees for all our legal practice areas.

Because we are a family firm we focus on what matters: practicing the law. This means that we don’t spend on costly advertising or fancy offices. We pride ourselves on doing our job and doing it right and that. Because of this, we are able to deliver high success rate and client satisfaction.

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Our practice is not focused on volume, and since we are a family business, we are proud to keep it this way and we are able to promise to deliver the best possible representation to clients that we decide to take on with professionalism and the utmost respect towards them.


For international family law advice or to talk about your international divorce case, we invite you to make use of our International Divorce Lawyers in Phoenix AZ – Free Consultation so that you can come and talk to one of our expert attorneys and start getting answers and advice.



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Phoenix Office:  (602) 788-7227
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