Why January is known as ‘Divorce Month’

For family lawyers, January is known as ‘Divorce Month’. The reason behind this is by and large the preceding holiday period. Either couples wish to spend one last Christmas or New Year period as a family before taking the step towards dissolving the marriage or the holidays act to exacerbate and highlight underlying tensions and […]

The Family Business & Succession Planning

If you own or part own a business or a professional practice, it is important that your estate and succession planning begin today. As a business owner, it’s quite likely that a significant portion of your wealth–and your family’s source of income after your death–is tied up in the family business. The success of your […]

Frequently asked questions relating to Divorce

What happens once I have contacted a family lawyer?

One of our dedicated family law team will meet with you in order to understand the facts of your individual case and what you would like to achieve. This is usually done in a first consultation, which in most cases will be for a fixed […]

Planning Today for Tomorrow – Make a Will.

If your family is left behind grieving, stranded and strapped for cash, it won’t be because you did something wrong. It will be because you did nothing.

As an expat living in the UAE you can be forgiven for thinking about the here and now and not contemplating what might happen if you pass away. But […]

What are the rights of a father in a divorce?

Whether you decide to divorce in the UK or the UAE, it is imperative for parents to be aware of and understand their position in relation to any children of the family. In the UAE, there are two aspects involved in the care of children: Custody (Hadana) and Guardianship (Wilaya). Custodians are the caretakers of […]

Mediation

Mediation in family law cases can assist parties to come to an agreement in relation to arrangements where they may not have been able to agree matters between themselves.

There is an upward trend in the engaging of a mediator as couples recognise the fact that not arriving at an agreement and having to leave matters […]

Prenuptial Agreement

WHAT IS A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT?

A prenuptial agreement is a written agreement entered into between two parties prior to their marriage. It clarifies the ownership of assets (money, real estate, personal chattels etc.) and how they will be divided in the event of a breakdown of the marriage.

ARE PRENUPS FORMALLY BINDING IN ENGLAND & WALES?

Prenuptial […]

A tale of two cities: London or Dubai for divorce

In making life altering decisions such as divorce or separation, it is imperative to make an informed choice, armed with the pros and cons you could face in all eventualities.

When a relationship breaks down, the situation you can find yourself in can be isolating and the decision-making process as to what next steps to take […]

ANCILLARY RELIEF (FINANCIAL SETTLEMENTS) IN THE UK

In England and Wales when a couple arrives at the conclusion that the marriage is at an end there are various factors that need to be considered when deciding to part ways. As well as the divorce procedure itself, arrangements need to be made with regards to children and assets of the family.

Usually the couple […]

FAQ’s on Divorce in the UAE – Nita Maru

When a couple decide to divorce the issue can be further complicated when you are residing in a foreign country where you are not aware of the local laws and procedures.
The laws governing divorce in the UAE are very different from the UK, for example, and can become more complicated if there are children and […]