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International/Expat Divorce

The choice of divorce jurisdiction can be a difficult one, this is particularly so when the parties to the marriage have choice of systems and divorce laws.  Making the right choice can be critical to the outcome of financial settlements.

You do not have to be British nor living in England & Wales to commence Divorce proceedings in this country.  What is required is a connection with United Kingdom either of Habitual Resident or Domicile.

We have expertise in serving the British expatriate community who for one reason or another wish to be divorced or resolve family law issues in UK. One of the reason for selecting UK courts is because it is known that the courts here are likely to be much more generous to the economically less advantage party (usually the wife).

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It is all about money. This is the only rational reason for selecting what may be a geographically much less convenient country in which to be divorced.  UK courts are likely to be very much more generous to the economically less advantages party (usually the wife) than an Australian court dealing with a comparable situation.

In the case of Chai v Peng 2014 costs of over a million have been spent to determine this exact issue of jurisdiction between the Malaysian court and the England and Wales court.

In the case of Sekhri v Ray 2013 again considerable costs were incurred establishing jurisdiction and arguing the issue of domicile.

What can we do for you:

  • We have the expertise to advise you on the best course of action for you.
  • We can get you divorced in the UK with the minimum of direct involvement by you personally.
  • We can deal with finances and children’s issues in accordance with the English law.
  • We can assist you to organise contact with children in or out of United Kingdom
  • We can assist you in making the application to take the children out of jurisdiction.

If you require further information on anything covered in this briefing or if you are facing relationship difficulties and are considering separation or divorce contact one of our Family expert’s Pramila Meghani  

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