When Family Law Issues Cross Borders
International Family Law (Also Known as International Matrimonial Law)
As the population in Minnesota becomes more global, Barbara, who provides international divorce and matrimonial services, has used her best efforts to serve those who need help with international, as well as interstate, family law. These cases include when a husband and wife live in different countries or when two parents live in two different states or countries. Legal issues cross borders.
A world traveler and internationally recognized lawyer leader, Barbara is conversant with The Hague Convention and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). She can help facilitate the support of the U.S. Department of State where appropriate.
Barbara is the past President of the U.S. National Committee for the Paris-based Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). This is a venerable international association of lawyers who commonly communicate in English, French, and Spanish.
Gislason is aware of the procedures for starting actions and serving parties living outside of Minnesota or the U.S. Barbara has developed a network of professionals who may help support her efforts across the country and abroad. For example, she works closely with immigration lawyers, as well as family law specialists.
Barbara can help with international relocation, including preparing the application. Be aware that an international move may impact custody or claims of child abduction. There could be issues regarding habitual residence, a child’s best interests, and physical and psychological abuse. She can utilize her network to identify necessary experts, including foreign law experts, to testify about the existence and scope of child-related rights. Relocation could impact whether a prenuptial agreement is enforceable, and/or whether separate property or nonmarital property claims are recognized.
Barbara can help you move quickly in cases where time is of the essence. She can facilitate your preparation of claims and identify what evidence and documents will promote your position before, as well as after, the hearing. Gislason urges her clients to gather as much supporting evidence as they can from as many sources as possible. She recommends developing a case where your position is supported by overwhelming evidence.