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With our exceptional experience in the field of German and international family law, we advise clients not only from Germany, but from all over the world.

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Family law cases concern issues that are more personal in nature. In comparison to legal professionals in other fields, a specialist family lawyer should be both sensitive and assertive. At Schlun & Elseven Attorneys we are lucky in the quality of family law expertise we have at our disposal through Frau Kerstin Wolters and Frau Abschira Hassan. Throughout your legal issues, we will assist you from our offices in Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf.

The diverse area of family law is very much characterised by its interpersonal nature. For this reason, our general approach in all cases is first to find an amicable solution for the parties, out of court. In particular the welfare of the children involved is of paramount importance. For this reason, it is imperative that in divorce cases, marriages are dissolved as amicably, and at as low a cost, as possible. Settlements out of court of family law disputes are faster, more efficient and more cost-effective than court proceedings. If, however, an amicable solution is not possible, we will represent you in court, too, using all of our practical experience to assert your interests.

German family law is derived primarily from The German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch) and can be difficult for those not in the legal field to follow. Some issues such as international child abduction law and other cases with an international aspect may also have other sources of law playing a role. Therefore an experienced and knowledgeable partner is indispensable when it comes to issues in the field of family law.

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International Family Law: Principal Peculiarities

At Schlun & Elseven Attorneys we are a German law firm with an international outlook. As the world becomes smaller and people from all over the planet become more connected, it is no longer possible to be merely concerned with “domestic cases”. Families have changed and become multinational and children born now may be citizens of more than one country, their parents may live on different continents. Therefore there may be different legal systems involved in such disputes and for this reason, our specialist knowledge of immigration law plays a huge role in how we deal with our clients’ family law issues. It is not uncommon for modern divorce cases to involve international aspects and child abduction cases also frequently cross borders. Contact us today if your family law case is one with an international aspect! Our English-speaking lawyers look forward to working with you.

Family Lawyer for Marriage in Germany

Marriage is the start of one of life’s great journeys. Joined with your partner, a successful marriage can bring great joy and meaning in life. However, marriage should also be seen as a legal contract between the partners and like all contracts, this means certain rights and responsibilities for those involved. In Germany, it is becoming more common for those getting married to arrange prenuptial agreements before getting married. Prenuptial agreements have a certain reputation from media portrayals but essentially are a formal manner of arranging the contractual obligations between spouses. Working with an experienced family lawyer to draw up a prenuptial agreement in good faith can lead to reassurance and clarity in the marriage.

Not all marriages are entered into for the right reasons. Sham marriages can allow those who would not normally be allowed into Germany to enter the country. As well as this, sham marriages can also be a danger to those involved in them. Find out more about the law relating to sham marriages by reading our article on the topic.

Parental Rights in Germany

Being a parent is one of the most challenging jobs out there. Raising children can bring great happiness to parents and of course, there are awkward moments along this bumpy road! Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities as a parent is crucial. It is particularly essential for parents who are not married to be aware of what their rights are. At Schlun & Elseven we work with clients and answer their questions when it comes to issues such as the recognition of paternity, child visitation rights as well as other issues around child support and child custody rights. Contact us now if you have queries concerning your rights as a parent!

Family Lawyer for Child Custody and Support

When it comes to parents who live in different jurisdictions there can be major questions when it comes to issues around their children and what rights they have. This is one clear example of how our law firm’s expertise in the field of immigration law supplements our knowledge in the area of family law. Additionally, following divorces significant questions can be raised around child custody and what child support payments are to be paid. At Schlun & Elseven we work with clients from all over the world and support them in their family law issues. We appreciate and apply the sensitivity needed in such cases. Work with us today if you need any assistance in answering questions concerning child support or child custody.

Divorce Cases in Germany

Divorce cases can be acrimonious. The end of a marriage is not something we hope to experience at the start of the journey, but the reality is that life sometimes creates complications. Divorces are becoming more common in Germany, but the law remains complicated in this field. There are important aspects to be aware of when considering a separation from the division of property and assets to maintenance payments. For this reason, it is better to seek an amicable end to the marriage when possible. A friendly solution can reduce the costs, reduce the time needed to see through the divorce and also lead to better solutions when it comes to issues around children from the marriage.

However, as experienced lawyers in this field, we are aware that not all divorces can come about amicably. For this reason, we are prepared to represent our clients in court when needed and we can bring our wide knowledge to the fore if and when our clients need it. If you are considering a divorce, we would urge you to read our articles on the topic so that you are fully aware of the different issues that can arise in a divorce case. Contact us directly if you are sure that this is the solution to the matter because as can be seen, having an experienced lawyer at your side is crucial for a successful conclusion in divorce proceedings.

Family Lawyer for Pension Rights

A marriage is a partnership, and although modern families are not as set in their ways as marriages traditionally have been, they often involve one partner looking after the majority of the childcare. In contrast, the other partner spends more time in employment. For this reason, the need for pension rights equalisation exists. Pension rights equalisation allows for the time and effort that was put into childcare to be recognised when it comes to pension rights. This can be particularly important in cases of divorce, where the primary childcarer may believe they are facing into losing access to possible pension rights due to years spent out of formal employment. Contact us today if you would like further information on this topic.

Other Family Law Issues

The issues involved in the area of family law stretch beyond divorce and child support. At Schlun & Elseven Attorneys, our family lawyers work with our clients in all matters relating to family law and into cases involving domestic abuse and adoption. Should you have legal concerns in the field of German family law, then please make sure to get in touch with us.

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