American families have become increasingly diverse and international. Today,
married couples often come from two different countries, and may even
have children born in others. Married couples or individual spouses may
also have property or business interests in multiple foreign countries,
or reside in multiple residences in different nations.
divorce and family law cases involving international issues are often more complex,
they require the attention of attorneys experienced in these types of cases.
Although international divorce is becoming increasingly common in U.S.
family law, few lawyers have experience with the international aspects
of family law. Attorney David Starks of our firm is one of Washington
State's most experienced international family law lawyers. David is
one of a small number of U.S. family law lawyers whose practice includes
international family law and treaties, including the various Hague Conventions
on abduction, maintenance and the protection of children. He is also the
co-author of the International Law chapter of the Washington State Bar
Association's Family Law Deskbook and former co-chair of the American
Bar Association International Law Section's Family Law Committee.
Handling International Divorce Issues
Assistance with International Family Law
Our international divorce and family law lawyers work with treaties and
the laws of other countries in order to effectively advise and assist
clients who have cases involving international issues, including divorce,
property division, and
child custody. We are prepared to advise our clients of the strengths and weaknesses
of filing your divorce or other family law action in Washington State,
another U.S. state, or in a foreign country.
International Child Custody
Child custody has become one of the biggest concerns in international family
law in recent years, especially cases involving the removal of children
from their country of residence during a custody dispute. The United States
and many other foreign countries have entered into the Hague Convention
on Child Abduction, an international treaty that provides for cooperation
between participating nations for the safe return of children to their
At McKinley Irvin, our international divorce lawyers have litigated cases
involving this important treaty and are familiar with the Hague Convention,
a unique area of family law. Attorney David Starks handles all Hague Convention
cases in our firm and is one of the few lawyers in the State of Washington
who focuses on this area of practice. He provides each of our clients
with personalized attention, and works closely with them as they navigate
the international divorce and child custody process.
Assistance from a Washington International Divorce Lawyer
McKinley Irvin divorce lawyers are at the forefront of international family
law, and are able to effectively assist clients from choosing the best
forum for filing, to enforcing foreign
child support orders, to litigating issues regarding international treaties. If your
divorce or family law case involves international issues, we invite you
to contact our firm for a consultation.