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Family Lawyers for South Yarra and the Surrounding Region, advising on Parenting Arrangements, Property Settlements, Divorce, Internatonal Family Law Issues and Intervention Orders.
International Family Law Practice

Due to the multicultural society we live in and the increasing globalisation that we confront,James McConvill & Associates’ family law practice has a growing cross-border, international component to it.


James McConvill & Associates’ international family team is led by Dr James McConvill, who has worked as a lawyer both in Australia and overseas, and is admitted to practice in three jurisdictions (Australia, the UK and British Virgin Islands).


Our international family law team regularly has to deal with complex, multi-jurisdictional family law issues including the following:

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  • International property settlements;
  • Separation and divorce where the parties are located in different jurisdictions;
  • International abduction and “Hague Convention” applications;
  • International relocation applications;
  • Airport Watch List applications (or applications to remove children from Airport Watch Lists);
  • Service of family law court orders overseas and in Australia;
  • Registration of overseas foreign law court judgments in Australia;
  • Disputes regarding the appropriate forum for hearing family law cases where there is a cross-border dimension;
  • Validity of prenuptial and cohabitation agreements drafted and settled overseas;
  • Spousal maintenance applications where the applicant or respondent is not living in Australia;
  • Applying for, or responding to application for, Child Support Departure Prohibition Order;
  • Child Support and registering in Australia overseas maintenance liabilities;
  • Obtaining evidence overseas in Australian family law court proceedings.

Through dealing with international family law issues on a regular basis, James McConvill & Associates has developed a network of family law contacts throughout the world, and especially in the US and the UK. We have recently also established a serviced office in New York City to handle cross-border Australia/US family law matters.

We act for clients both in Australia and overseas needing our expert assistance to resolve family law proceedings in Australia (either in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or Family Court of Australia). We regularly assist expatriate Australians living overseas who need to resolve their matrimonial/ de facto relationship property matters in Australia.

Our international family law team leader Dr James McConvill has written articles on family law for publications in the United Kingdom, as well as in Australia, including the prestigious International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (published by Oxford University Press).

For a recent examples of international family law matters before the Family Court, see our case summaries for :

Banks & Banks [2015] FamCAFC, here

Graf-Salzmann & Graf [2015] FCWA 68 (21 August 2015), here

For useful information for Australians on international family law issues, please refer to the following sites below: