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International Matters

Kennedy Partners team, led by Ian Kennedy AM, has unparalleled expertise in dealing with international family law matters and offers a high-level service to clients confronting multi-jurisdictional issues in a broad range of areas including:

  • Forum disputes
  • Separation and divorce
  • International relocation
  • International child abduction
  • Hague Convention return applications
  • Overseas property interests
  • Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child support, including registration, enforcement and variation of overseas maintenance liabilities
  • Child support departure prohibition orders
  • Obtaining evidence abroad
  • Issues relating to service abroad
  • Registration and enforcement of overseas judgments
  • Registration of overseas parenting orders and the making of ‘mirror’ orders

Kennedy Partners has acted in matters involving numerous jurisdictions throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, the Asia/Pacific region, South and Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. In all such matters, we work closely with practitioners in the other jurisdiction, providing expertise with respect to Australian law and how the Australian courts deal with international issues, and integrating that with input from local practitioners who provide their specialised knowledge.

By virtue of this work and the professional relationships Ian has developed as an Executive Member and past President of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Kennedy Partners shares professional relationships with practitioners in most parts of the world.

Ian has written numerous articles on international family law issues and spoken at family law conferences and meetings in more than 20 countries. He has also given expert evidence regarding Australian law in proceedings conducted in other jurisdictions. John Spender (Fellow of the IAML) has also written and presented numerous papers regarding international aspects of family law.

Ian continues to regularly attend and speak at conferences around the world in relation to international family law. Kennedy Partners’ principals Olivia Grobtuch and John Spender also participate regularly in various international family law forums.