Family Law

Wayne, Valencia

16/03/2019

Francisca was very informative and helpful. She handled my divorce professionally and made it easy for me throughout the process. Highly recommend and reasonable fees. Thank you, Francisca!

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Victoria Aspey, Lanzarote

12/03/2019

Erardo was always there to answer questions and help in any way he could. I will certainly use him again in the future.

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Wayne Cherry, London, England

09/03/2019

Francisca was very informative and attentive to all of my inquiries and concerns. I would definitely be going back to her if needing her services again and would recommend her brilliant services.

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Christopher Studholme, Arrecife

28/02/2019

Erardo has worked for me before and he has always been 100% efficient and always completed tasks which I have requested. I recommend Erardo to anyone who needs assistance in Spain or Lanzarote No, it was excellent

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Candy, Cadiz

11/02/2019

Francisco was very responsive, supportive and understanding. Unfortunately, I had to use another lawyer who has helped me in another case.

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Express Divorce FAQ

03/02/2019
Express Divorce FAQ

Are you seeking a divorce in Spain? Starting at €500 + IVA our service saves you as much as 50% or more of the typical cost, but that is not the only advantage.   Express Divorce Service – Advantages A major benefit is of course the fact that this service costs approximately half of the […]

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Florence, Fuengirola

08/01/2019

The service was quick and satisfactory. I was impressed by the lawyer’s work. Very professional, easy going and communicative. Everything was perfect!

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Ryan, Alicante

07/01/2019

José was an absolute professional from start to finish. Every deadline was met on time. José made the process for us extremely comfortable and straight forward. He went over and above his position to help us finalise certain things related to our case, and quite honestly, if you get an opportunity to use his services, […]

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Lloyd, Seville

07/01/2019

Rafael was always there for me. He catered to my schedule rather than me to his.

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Susan, Gran Canaria

04/01/2019

Esther continues to support me with my situation in a very professional but caring manner. Her advice and understanding have been excellent and her ability to speak and explain in English to me has been a great support through my extremely difficult situation. Esther has always responded immediately to my emails and calls and I […]

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Divorce in Turkey

21/12/2018
Divorce in Turkey

Introduction For those who are married to a national of their own country, a divorce in that country brings the marriage to an end. However, if you have a Turkish spouse, a divorce in a foreign country will not have any legal effect in Turkey unless the divorce decree is recognised by the Turkish Courts. […]

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Divorce in Spain Overview

20/12/2018
Divorce in Spain Overview

Introduction Below you will find answers to some of the most common questions regarding divorce in Spain. Of course,  family law is a very broad topic as it impacts on many of the most important personal and financial relationships that  people tend to have. Of particular interest to many visitors to the website is the […]

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Alimony in Spain

19/12/2018
Alimony in Spain

Relevant Factors Alimony in Spain is a financial payment made by one of the spouses to the other following divorce. Alimony payments to ex-spouses are far less likely to be awarded than awards in favour of children. The basic rule is that alimony should only be awarded where one of the spouses is clearly disadvantaged economically […]

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Child Support In Spain

19/12/2018
Child Support In Spain

In Spain, a divorce does not in any way reduce the responsibilities – financial or otherwise – that a parent has towards their child. When dealing with the topic of child support and parental responsibility the concept of ‘child maintenance’ (‘la pensión alimenticia’ in Spanish) covers that which is necessary for the sustenance, housing, education, […]

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Spanish family law: what are ‘private assets’?

19/12/2018
Spanish family law: what are ‘private assets’?

Following on from a previous article regarding Spanish family law and the division of assets upon a divorce in Spain, assets which may not form part of a matrimonial ‘pot’ are known as ‘private’. These assets belong exclusively to one or other of the spouses and is not subject to being divided upon a divorce. […]

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Shared Custody in Spain

19/12/2018
Shared Custody in Spain

While technically only considered a possibility under the Law of Divorce of 2005, shared custody  has been considered an exception and traditionally awarded in a minority of cases, only occurring in 9.7% of all custody awards made in 2008, for example. This is changing however, and there is an increasing tendency by the Autonomous Communities […]

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Distribution of Matrimonial Assets following divorce in Spain

19/12/2018
Distribution of Matrimonial Assets following divorce in Spain

The Application of Spanish Law Typically Spanish law is applied where a foreign national is resident in Spain and married to a Spanish national. Also, a married couple who are foreign nationals and who are habitually resident in Spain, may also request that a Spanish court applies Spanish law to their divorce application. If the […]

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Cost of Divorce in Spain

19/12/2018
Cost of Divorce in Spain

A common question we receive relates to the cost of divorce in Spain. Well, this very much depends on whether the divorce proceedings are amicable or not. If so, then you can avail of a procedure known colloquially as ‘Express Divorce‘ that the Spanish government introduced in 2005.  In this scenario, only one lawyer and […]

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Is it necessary for a spouse to give reasons for divorce in Spain?

18/12/2018
Is it necessary for a spouse to give reasons for divorce in Spain?

Until 2005, the laws in Spain – just like the laws currently in the UK – made it necessary for a petitioning spouse to give appropriate reasons for a divorce in Spain. in 2005 new legislation (Ley 15/2005) was enacted which completely overhauled the entire area of family law and in the process did away […]

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Grandparents’ visitation rights upheld by Spanish Supreme Court

18/12/2018
Grandparents’ visitation rights upheld by Spanish Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has decided that neither poor relations nor a lack of any understanding between parents and grandparents can justify denying the grandparents access to their grandchildren. Accordingly, a visitation schedule should be established to provide for contact and communication between the grandparents and the child in the case before the Court despite the  […]

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Having more kids not a reason to reduce existing child maintenance obligations in Spain

18/12/2018
Having more kids not a reason to reduce existing child maintenance obligations in Spain

The Spanish Supreme court has clarified the law concerning a parent’s financial responsibilities if they go on to have more children with a different partner. The issue has previously been discussed on numerous occasions by the lower courts with some deciding that merely having children in a subsequent relationship, although increasing bills, did not affect […]

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Spanish Divorce Law

18/12/2018
Spanish Divorce Law

  Spanish Divorce Law More and more often the subject of divorce in Spain arises where there are spouses  from different countries. This throws up the possibility of other states’ laws becoming relevant to the situation. So while Spanish divorce law is applicable, it does not operate in a vacuum and we must consider the laws […]

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International Divorce for UK Citizens

18/12/2018
International Divorce for UK Citizens

What are the practical implications of succeeding in having a divorce petition heard in one jurisdiction rather than another? Well, of course this rather depends on which jurisdictions we are comparing. Here we take a very brief look some major variations on how the law operates with regard to divorce proceedings in the UK and […]

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Use of Family Home Following Break-Up

18/12/2018
Use of Family Home Following Break-Up

The Spanish Supreme Court has allowed an appeal and overturned an earlier judgment regarding the use and enjoyment of the ‘matrimonial home’. The court heard that the use and enjoyment of a property in Madrid had been attributed by the lower courts to the the child of an unmarried Spanish couple and – by default […]

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Is it possible to divorce when spouse lives in another country?

17/12/2018
Is it possible to divorce when spouse lives in another country?

As a result of the European Regulation 2201/2003 it is possible to know exactly when and under what circumstances it is possible to divorce when a spouse lives in another country. Many important aspects of a divorce decree can depend on the location of the spouses, for example, the location of the initial divorce application can determine […]

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Child abduction in Spain by a Parent: Judicial Procedures

16/12/2018
Child abduction in Spain by a Parent: Judicial Procedures

By using the term ‘ international abduction of minors’, we refer to the unlawful relocation of a child to a country different from the one in which they normally are resident, violating the right of custody attributed to another individual or institution, including those cases where either of the parents moves with the child to […]

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Divorce in UK & Spanish Property

16/12/2018
Divorce in UK & Spanish Property

When a couple from another EU country with property interests in Spain get divorced in their country of origin, the question arises as to how to register the property in Spain on behalf of the spouse who has been awarded the property. Additionally there are important tax implications that need to be considered. Reference any […]

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Applying Foreign Laws to Divorce Proceedings in Spain

16/12/2018
Applying Foreign Laws to Divorce Proceedings in Spain

A British national was married to a British woman, with the couple having children below the age of majority. They had been living in Fuerteventura for the last 10 years. ———— The husband wished to initiate judicial divorce proceedings in order to obtain custody of the children and wanted to know which law would apply […]

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Express Divorce Benefits

16/12/2018

Are you seeking a divorce in Spain? Starting at €500 + IVA our service saves you as much as 50% or more of the typical cost, but that is not the only advantage.   Express Divorce Service – Advantages A major benefit is of course the fact that this service costs approximately half of the […]

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Express Divorce Service

16/12/2018

Express Divorce Service in Spain Advocate Abroad’s network of family solicitors can provide you with an express divorce service across the Spanish mainland and islands. The network is composed of independent English-speaking lawyers that have plenty of experience in dealing with family law issues, particularly those that involve clients not from Spain. The lawyers have […]

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