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Family Law in Gibraltar

by | Jul 8, 2024 | Family Law, Lawyers, Solicitors | 0 comments

Family Law in Gibraltar

Family law encompasses a broad range of issues that affect the most personal aspects of our lives. Whether you’re dealing with divorce, child residence or contact, or adoption, understanding the nuances of family law in Gibraltar is essential for protecting your rights and interests. This comprehensive guide provides an overview of key family law matters and the legal processes involved, helping you navigate these often complex and emotionally charged situations.

Divorce and Separation

If you wish to apply for a divorce in Gibraltar, there are requirements with regards to being resident in Gibraltar.  Provided you meet those requirements, you may be eligible to apply for a divorce after one year of marriage on the ground that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.  Divorce in Gibraltar operates on a ‘no fault’ basis i.e. you no longer have to prove any fact e.g. adultery or separation.  

The Divorce Process

  1. Filing the Petition: The spouse seeking the divorce (petitioner) files a divorce petition with the court.
  2. Serving the Petition: The petition is served on the other spouse (respondent), who must acknowledge receipt.
  3. Decree Nisi: If the court is satisfied that the petition has been served on the respondent,  it will issue a decree nisi for divorce.
  4. Decree Absolute: After six months, the petitioner can apply for the decree absolute, which finalises the divorce.

Child Residence and Contact

In Gibraltar, decisions relating to child residence and contact are based on the best interests of the child.  Residence may be shared equally between the parents.  Alternatively, the child may reside with one parent with the other parent enjoying contact with the child.

Factors Influencing Child Residence and Contact

The court considers several factors when determining arrangements relating to children, including:

  • The child’s age, health, and emotional needs
  • Each parent’s ability to provide for the child’s needs
  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • The child’s preference, if they are old enough to express a reasonable preference
  • Each parent’s willingness to facilitate a relationship with the other parent

Child Maintenance

Both parents have a legal obligation to support their children financially. Child maintenance is typically calculated based on the parents’ incomes and the needs of the child. The maintenance order can cover expenses such as housing, education, medical care, and general living costs.

Spousal Support and Property Division

Spousal Support

Spousal support, also known as alimony, may be awarded to one spouse following a divorce to help maintain their standard of living. The amount and duration of spousal support depend on various factors, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The financial needs and resources of both spouses
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The age and health of both spouses
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity and contributions to the marriage

Property Division

The division of property in a divorce aims to achieve a fair distribution of assets and liabilities. Gibraltar follows the principle of equitable distribution, meaning the court will divide marital property in a manner that is fair but not necessarily equal. Factors considered in property division include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s financial and non-financial contributions to the marriage
  • The value of the property and assets
  • The financial needs and future earning potential of each spouse

Adoption and Guardianship

Adoption Process

Adoption in Gibraltar is a legal process that transfers parental rights and responsibilities from the birth parents to the adoptive parents. The process involves several steps:

  1. Application: Prospective adoptive parents must apply to the court for an adoption order.
  2. Assessment: A thorough assessment is conducted to evaluate the suitability of the prospective adoptive parents.
  3. Consent: The consent of the birth parents is required, unless it is dispensed with by the court.
  4. Placement: The child is placed with the adoptive parents for a probationary period.
  5. Adoption Order: If the placement is successful, the court grants an adoption order, finalising the adoption.


Guardianship involves the legal responsibility for the care and management of a child. It can be granted in cases where the parents are unable to care for the child due to reasons such as death, incapacity, or abandonment. Guardianship grants the guardian the rights and duties similar to those of a parent.

Resolving Family Disputes


Mediation is a voluntary process where a neutral third party (mediator) helps the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement. It is often used to resolve disputes related to divorce, child residence and contact, and property division without going to court. Mediation can be less adversarial, quicker, and more cost-effective than litigation.

Court Proceedings

If mediation is unsuccessful or not appropriate, family disputes may be resolved through court proceedings. The court will make decisions based on the best interests of the parties involved, especially the children. Legal representation is highly recommended to navigate the complexities of family law litigation.


Understanding the intricacies of family law in Gibraltar is essential for protecting your rights and interests during challenging times. Whether you are dealing with divorce, child residence and contact, spousal support, or adoption, being well-informed can help you make better decisions and achieve favourable outcomes.

For professional legal advice and support in family law matters, contact Strait Law in Gibraltar. Our experienced team is here to assist you with all your legal needs, ensuring your rights and interests are safeguarded throughout the process.

For more detailed information or specific legal assistance, contact Strait Law in Gibraltar. We are committed to supporting your family law matters and ensuring your interests are well-protected.