International Family Law

"Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter." Brad Henry

People who spend lots of time overseas - especially the thing to do when building a business, or just travelling in the global world - often become a subject to an increasing number of legal jurisdictions.


The model of a family unit that has a single permanent residence is getting more and more outmoded. Today, it would not be unusual for an American man from New York and a Ukrainian woman living in Warsaw to marry in Bermuda, move from New York to Peking for business, own real estate in Bulgaria and a business in Spain, and have children in school in Switzerland. But, in spite of the trend towards globalization, there continue to be sharp differences in family legislation of many different countries of the world, and even between the laws of different provinces and states within the same country. In addition, the count proceedings in different countries vary enormously.

As a result, the decision about which law applies to marriage, divorce, custody, support or other matrimonial case and which local body would be in charge can have a great impact on the outcome of the case.

Our clients are frequently in need of expert, practical advice that is based on understanding of the laws of different states, provinces and countries. In such situations we help to create intelligent strategies that will lead them most effectively to the next stages of their lives.

In particular, our team can provide with professional legal assistance on the following issues:


  • Getting married in Ukraine or with Ukrainian citizen overseas (counseling on marriage laws in Ukraine, ability to marry, documents required etc.)
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Changing name after marriage
  • Marital rights and duties
  • Property regime of the spouses
  • Recognition of marriages under different national jurisdictions


  • Birth registration in Ukraine and overseas
  • Legal rights and responsibilities of a Parent
  • Acknowledgment of paternity
  • Proving and challenging paternity
  • Adoption of a child in Ukraine


  • Separation agreements
  • Dissolution of marriage in Ukraine or with Ukrainian citizen overseas (if needed, court representation)
  • Spousal support (alimony)
  • Division of marital property in divorce
  • Name change after divorce
  • Child custody and support after divorce
  • Visitation rights after divorce
  • Abduction of child in divorce



If you need to speak to a lawyer about international family planning, legal separation, child custody, enforcement of a court order, fertility treatment options, inheritance rules or another family or succession law matter, contact the Law Offices of UkrLegis.