As technology continues to advance and society becomes mobile, individuals throughout the world feel more connected than ever before. This globalization means individuals no longer feel tied to one place or even one country. Today it is common for an individual to live in multiple states or countries during his or her life. As such, families have become increasingly international in nature. However, when these international relationships break down, complicated legal issues often arise. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Maxim Law helps clients overcome their most complex international and interstate family law challenges and protects clients’ interests worldwide.
International Divorce, Child Custody, and Child Support Issues
Many people draw their sense of stability, support and purpose from family. When family units begin to shift, individuals are often left with unparalleled amounts of stress and uncertainty. When international issues are involved, these family law disputes may become even more contentious.
International family disputes have many moving pieces. The laws of the state, federal government, foreign country and international treaties — such as the Hague Convention — must all be read, and interpreted, together. Jurisdictional issues, legal interpretation, cultural differences and language barriers greatly affect how property division, child custody and support decisions are made.
Allison Maxim is an experienced international family law attorney. Under her guidance, our firm has successfully helped individuals throughout the world resolve their international and interstate divorce issues, as well as child custody issues. We also help clients obtain and enforce international and interstate child support orders and represent parents with international child abduction issues.
Many employers engage in business around the world. It is often necessary for individuals to relocate in order to maintain their employment. When parents relocate to a foreign country, child custody, visitation and support orders must be modified to ensure parent-child bonds are protected.
The end of a marriage is a difficult and stressful time. Many individuals feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of decisions they must make and the speed at which their lives change. When divorce spans international lines, the process becomes even more complex. At Maxim Law, we help clients protect their financial, property and parenting rights during the international divorce process.
Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Maxim Law represents clients in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, as well as throughout the United States and around the globe.
Navigating The International Divorce Process
During the divorce process, many decisions must be made. Marital property and financial assets must be divided, and spousal support, or alimony, may be ordered. If minor children are involved, custody and support issues must be determined. When multiple countries are involved, the laws regarding property division, support and custody become even more complicated.
The first issue to be determined in any divorce is where the divorce can take place. When spouses have lived in multiple locations, one country may have jurisdiction over the marriage and its local laws may govern the terms of the divorce.
International divorce attorney Allison Maxim is well-versed in the intricacies facing those involved in international divorce. Under her guidance, our firm thoroughly evaluates all applicable laws, including state laws, federal laws, foreign laws and international treaties. Once the legal landscape has been clearly determined, we develop creative and strategic legal solutions that help clients protect their rights and their children throughout the process.
The manner in which property is divided has the ability to greatly impact each spouse’s financial health. When spouses own property in multiple countries, local laws regarding property division must be evaluated. Our firm works closely with co-counsel in foreign countries to ensure property division orders are enforced and our clients get ownership over their rightful property located in foreign jurisdictions.
Contact A Minnesota Interstate Divorce Lawyer
If you or your ex-spouse is moving overseas, your divorce orders may need to be modified to account for child custody, visitation and support changes. At Maxim Law, we will help you modify your orders and protect your parent-child relationship.
For help with divorce proceedings that involve multiple states or countries, contact Maxim Law at 651-294-2407 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.
Children deserve financial support from both parents. However, even when child support orders are issued, enforcing those orders overseas can be difficult. At Maxim Law, we help clients in foreign countries enforce their foreign child support judgments in the United States and help clients with United States support judgments enforce their child support rights in foreign countries. Together, we will work hard to get you the child support you need to care for your minor children.
Located in St. Paul, Maxim Law represents clients in the state of Minnesota, throughout the United States and around the globe.
International Child Support Collection
Enforcing international child support payments or U.S. support orders overseas can be very complex.
Some states have international reciprocal child support agreements with some foreign countries. This means support orders issued in the U.S. or by the foreign country will be mutually enforced. However, if foreign countries are involved and no international laws govern, it can be difficult to enforce your support order.
Attorney Allison Maxim is an experienced and effective international family law attorney. Under her guidance, our firm thoroughly investigates the circumstances surrounding the child support order — where it was issued, what laws were used, etc. — to determine if it was ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction. We then evaluate all applicable laws, including the laws of the issuing state or country, applicable foreign laws, as well as international agreements or treaties to determine the best enforcement method available.
In today’s global society, many relationships contain international components. Recent immigrants to the U.S., foreign nationals, and lifelong U.S. citizens may choose to live in one of many foreign countries. When minor children are involved, issues regarding child custody and visitation quickly become complicated and contentious.
Based in St. Paul, Maxim Law represents clients throughout Minnesota, the United States, and the globe.
Resolving International Child Custody Disputes
If your child’s other parent took your child out of the country without your permission or is refusing to return your child to the United States after visiting a foreign country, there is hope.
At Maxim Law, lawyer Allison Maxim is well-versed in the nuances surrounding international child custody disputes. Under her guidance, our firm has helped many parents navigate complex international treaties, foreign laws and U.S. laws to protect their children and preserve their parent-child relationships.
Under an international treaty called the Hague Convention, member countries are required to honor child custody orders and return children to their rightful residence. Allison Maxim has experience in both state and federal court negotiating the return of children to their country of habitual residence. If the foreign country is not a signatory to the Hague Convention, we pursue alternative remedies, including remedies that apply to foreign countries under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) to obtain a court order for the return of the child.
Maxim Law also represents U.S.-based parents who do not wish to return their children to their country of habitual residence after coming to the United States. In these cases, we assist clients in determining whether they can assert the exceptions to the Hague Convention so their child may remain in the United States.
Many individuals live in multiple states and countries throughout their lifetime. Individuals may relocate for any number of reasons, including career opportunities or family responsibilities. When parents relocate to another state or country, child custody and support issues must be modified and parent-child relationships protected.At Maxim Law, we help parents craft agreements with an eye on preventing their children from being abducted to another state or foreign country. Attorney Allison Maxim also helps relocating parents lawfully obtain the permission they need to move away with their children.Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Maxim Law represents clients locally in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, as well as throughout the United States and around the globe.
Hague Convention Lawyer: Assisting With International Relocation
When one parent decides to relocate to another state or country with his or her children, the entire family unit is affected. The logistics of coordinating parenting time become more complex and costly, and the move can result in the breakdown of parent-child relationships. In addition, if the parent is moving to a foreign country, the laws of that country may result in the non-relocating parent being denied access to his or her child.
At Maxim Law, we help parents protect their parent-child bonds. Whether you are a parent who wishes to relocate with your child or a parent who seeks to prevent your child from being relocated out of state or to a foreign country, we can help you navigate the complicated legal and practical issues that arise in these situations.
St. Paul International Child Abduction Attorney
If your child’s other parent has removed your child to another country without your agreement, there is hope. At Maxim Law, we help parents prevent the removal of their children to foreign countries and assist parents in obtaining the return of their children by asserting their interests under relevant state and federal law.
In Minnesota, parents must request permission from their child’s other parent or the court before relocating out of the state with their children. If the other parent does not agree to the move, the court will evaluate several factors to determine whether the parent will be allowed to move.
When parents wish to relocate out of the country, additional factors must be evaluated. If the foreign country is not part of the Hague convention, courts may be hesitant to permit a move that may result in the non-relocating parent’s inability to enforce his or her parental rights.
Contact international relocation lawyer Allison Maxim at 651-294-2407 for a free 30-minute consultation.