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 Smith helps clients overcome their most complex international and interstate family law challenges and protects clients’ interests worldwide. Allison Maxim is a respected international family law attorney and has authored an article entitled, “International Parental Child Abduction: Essential Principles of the Hague Convention,” and co-authored a portion of the book about international family law.
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.
- My ex is from another country and is visiting family with the kids. What if they don’t come home?
- What is the Hague Convention? How does it govern international divorce?
- How do you help your clients navigate an international divorce?
- How are child support and spousal support dealt with in an international divorce?
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.
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