I am wondering whether it would be possible to have a new category specifically dealing with the issues of a divorce where one partner is either living or working overseas?
It seems to me that there are more people finding themselves in this situation recently with posts about REMO, SM and CM realting to countries in and out of the EU.
There are particular issues apart from financial that are specific to international divorce - access, communication, property and relationships with children.
I think that such a forum would benefit those who are both respondents and applicants in divorce and enable them to easily find those in a similar situation and provide peer support. For those who are overseas without easy access to advice and support in the UK, it could provide a lifeline and help defuse tensions in an already difficult situation. Being overseas can be very isolating, particularly if working overseas in an inhospitable or 'difficult' location.
Such a forum could also highlight professionals who specialise or have expertise in this area of law as well as other professionals who are able to provide support and advice.
As far as I am aware there is no support group like this in existence on the internet apart from the occasional article or thread on expat forums which deal with 'trailing spouses' or whole families who are abroad. Divorce among expats is particularly high, but it is not obvious where to find help or support.
I find myself in this situation although I am in the UK with the chidlren and stbx is opverseas. I have experience of working and living overseas as an expat family and am well aware of the unique pressures and difficulties that can be encountered. I am also conscious of the insecurity and doubt when dealing with an expat spouse who has threatened to 'disappear' with all assets unless I comply with what he wants! He lives in a culture where the majority of his colleagues are divorced or divorcing but cannot find a way to solve their relationship problems!