International Family Lawyers

At Forte Family Lawyers, we have a strong interest in International Family Law matters, providing comprehensive legal services to clients across Australia and overseas.

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“I cannot express how grateful and how thankful I am to you for all of your hard work on our case.  Finally we can move on feeling safe. So again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Louise – Queensland

“Thank you Jacky and everyone else at Forte for all your hard work and expertise on my and my children’s behalf. It’s a fairly spectacular result that I’m extremely pleased with.”

Leo – Melbourne

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Resolving International Issues

Helping You With All International Family Law Matters

Drawing on extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of cross-border relationship challenges, Forte Family Lawyers offers legal solutions to assist with global family law matters.

From international relocation or resolving an international family law dispute, to complex cross-jurisdictional parenting arrangements, we regularly assist clients in creating legally sound financial agreements and finalising all aspects of property settlement.


Why work with Forte?

Expertise Tailored to You

Receive personalised solutions guided by our extensive experience to effectively meet your unique legal challenges.

Global Collaboration

Access a network of skilled family law practitioners worldwide, enriching insights and resources for your matter.

Cross-Border Guidance

Navigate international issues confidently with our team’s understanding of Australian and global family law principles.

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Why work with an Australian-based International Family Lawyer?

By working with an International Family Lawyer, you will benefit from their wealth of experience and deep understanding in resolving international family law matters.

Whether you are seeking to understand your rights or obligations after a marriage or de facto relationship ends or need help with parenting arrangements or dividing a complex asset pool, an International Family Lawyer can guide you through the process.

By choosing an Australian based firm, you’ll ensure that you have the best advice under both the Australian Family Law Act and family law legislation relevant to other countries you live, reside or own assets in.


What makes us different?

Our Melbourne team is well-versed in Australian family law and has extensive experience handling international cases. We maintain strong affiliations with law firms worldwide, ensuring you have the best advice and representation, regardless of jurisdiction.

We understand how to successfully manage the division of foreign assets, assist families in creating suitable parenting plans if living in different countries and help with any matters that require immediate attention, such as applying to Australian or overseas courts for a family law watchlist to be put in place if there are concerns that children may be relocated without both parties permission.


How can we help?

International Divorce Proceedings

Expertise in navigating complex divorce cases involving international laws and agreements, facilitating fair and equitable resolutions whether you were married overseas and have a foreign marriage certificate, or are an Australian citizen.

International Property Settlement

Legal counsel and representation in court proceedings when dividing assets and property across international borders, addressing complex jurisdictional issues and ensuring equitable distribution.

Cross-Border Child Support & Spousal Support

Guidance on matters of spousal support (alimony), child support arrangements or spousal support in cases with international factors to consider, ensuring fair and legally sound outcomes for all parties involved.

International Child Custody Matters

Guidance and representation in cross-border custody disputes, ensuring the child’s best interests are upheld across jurisdictions after a relationship breakdown.

International Parental Child Abduction

Assisting with applications to international and Australian courts to ensure that children are not taken to other countries without the knowledge and permission of both parents.

International Adoption Services

Assistance with managing the legal requirements and procedures for international adoptions, ensuring compliance with laws for Australian and international clients.

International Prenuptial Agreements

Drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements for couples with international ties, addressing unique legal considerations and protecting assets across borders.

Dual Citizenship and Nationality Issues

Assistance with legal matters related to dual citizenship, nationality, and immigration status, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations in multiple countries.

We’re committed to guiding you through the process with compassion.

Navigating international family law issues can be challenging and emotionally taxing. Our skilled family law specialists understand the intricacies of cross-border family matters and are committed to guiding you through the process with compassion and professionalism.

Whether you’re facing issues related to divorce, child custody, international child abduction, or asset division, our international family lawyers have the knowledge and resources to protect your interests and advocate for your rights.

From negotiating settlements to representing clients in court, our international family lawyers offer a wide range of legal services to meet your needs. Whether you require assistance with drafting legal documents, mediating disputes, or litigating complex international family law matters, we’re here to help.

Meet Our Team Of International Family Lawyers

Our team includes a number of International Academy of Family Law (IAFL) members, and we are here to successfully guide you through every aspect of international family law.

Jacky Campbell

  • Founding partner of Forte Family Lawyers
  • Fellow of the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyers) since 2004
  • Associate Member of the ABA (American Bar Association)
  • Over 30 years of experience in family law
  • Specialises in International Family Law areas, including:
    • Complex property settlements, superannuation & pensions
    • Hague Convention & non-Hague child abduction
    • Pre-nuptial agreements & child support



    Jemma Mackenzie

    • Partner of Forte Family Lawyers
    • Fellow of the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyers)
    • Expertise and experience in International Family Law including:
      • International relocation matters, including Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of
      • International Child Abduction
      • Forum disputes
      • Complex financial disputes involving property in multiple jurisdictions
      • Financial Agreements, including pre-nuptial agreements



    Jason Walker

    • Partner of Forte Family Lawyers
    • Fellow of the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyers) since 2014
    • Deputy Chair, Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
    • Over 25 years of experience in family law practice
    • Co-editor, Australian Family Lawyer
    • Specialises in International Family Law areas, including:
      • Complex property settlements,
      • Custody/residence/visitation/contact,
      • Forum disputes, and pre-nuptial agreements



    Customer Reviews

    David T.
    I would personally like to thank Jacky and Matthew for their assistance during a difficult period in my life. They made the ordeal seem seamless and kept me up to date with all aspects of my matter. I would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone who requires a family lawyer.
    Gunter L.
    Jackie Campbell and her associates provided our family the highest quality service in a very difficult matter. At all times Jackie shared her professional experience with compassion, expert clarity and focus to follow process in order to allow settlement in the best interest of the younger family members who matter most in family disputes. If ever required we would not hesitate to utilise her services again and highly recommend Forte Lawyers to others seeking a high quality expert family lawyer.
    Christopher S.
    Legal Minds retained Jackie Campbell (Partner) of Forte Family Lawyers to prepare an expert witness report that was relied upon in complex litigation in the NSW Supreme Court involving six parties. The matter concerned the drafting and procedures required for entering into a purported financial agreement. Jackie was focused, punctual and delivered a comprehensive analysis that all parties considered making it possible to settle without the cost and imposition of ongoing protracted litigation. We are grateful to have had the benefit of Jackie's professional knowledge and expertise to assist us and would not hesitate to retain her services again.

    Contact Forte Family Lawyers

    Our experienced team is here to help you move through the complexities of international family law and advocate for your rights. If you’re facing legal issues related to international family law, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our family lawyers.


    Our professional Family Lawyers in Melbourne are ready to listen.

    Level 2
    535 Bourke Street
    Melbourne 3000 Victoria Australia

    PO Box 13172
    Law Courts
    8010 Victoria Australia
    DX 364 Melbourne

    61 3 9248 5800



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