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Divorce and Family Law in the UK

Our family lawyers are registered in the UK and can advise and represent you in a UK divorce.  We can assist you if you were married in the UK and are habitually resident and/or domiciled there, but are currently living in and have property and assets in the UAE.

If you are an expatriate living in the UAE and are facing a divorce, we will be by your side every step of the way.  We are a multi-lingual firm, and our  family lawyers are registered with the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Dubai Legal Affairs Department.  Our team has a robust knowledge of UK/UAE law and how it applies to expatriates in the UAE.  As a niche firm, we regarded highly for our divorce and family law expertise.

Our team will take the time to understand your needs, offer the best solutions, and meticulously draft the required documents.  We are a fully digital practice and can arrange meetings by video conference if preferred.

Wherever possible, our team will assist you and your spouse in working out the financial settlement and arrangements for your children between yourselves, without the involvement of the Family Court.  Studies have shown that such agreements are more likely to stick and allow a couple to work more amicably together in the future, should circumstances surrounding the needs of children change (as they always do).

Our divorce lawyers specialise in areas of divorce, separation, custody, and financial settlements in the  UK Courts including:

  • Divorce
  • Arrangements for children, parental responsibility and guardianship issues.
  • Financial settlements
  • Mediation
  • Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • International and internal relocation
  • Child abduction

Our highly dedicated family lawyers provide you with:

  • a detailed assessment of your personal circumstances to ascertain the right course of action
  • representation at Court and all preliminary meetings
  • preparation of settlement agreements or memos for court submission as the case may be
  • dealing with your divorce and/or other financial matters from start to finish

How do I choose a jurisdiction in which to divorce in?

Our UK family law team can advise you on the best country for your case to be heard, both in terms of financial settlement and issues relating to arrangements for children.

We will take the time to examine your economic position, your future earning potential, and the history of your marriage and advise which jurisdiction would be most advantageous to you.

I was married overseas; can I divorce in England?

You may get divorced in England and Wales regardless of where your marriage took place as long as certain criteria are met.  This includes (but is not limited to):

  • you and your spouse are habitually resident in England and Wales
  • you and your spouse are domiciled in England and Wales
  • your spouse is habitually resident in England and Wales

Your marriage must be recognised under UK law to obtain a divorce in England or Wales.

Issues regarding overseas marriages can be complicated, especially if there are issues related to the immigration status of one party should a divorce occur.  We can provide the advice and representation you need to ensure your best interests are protected and your future is secure.

What are the grounds for divorce in England and Wales?

The only ground for divorce in England and Wales is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down due to one of the following reasons:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Separation of two years (with the consent of your spouse)
  • Separation of five yours (no consent required)

Most divorce petitions cite adultery or unreasonable behaviour.  If you are relying on the latter, it is important to put clear examples in the divorce petition.  We will assist you with this to ensure your divorce proceeds smoothly.

How much does a divorce cost?

Again, the ability of you and your spouse to reach an amicable agreement on how you will separate your lives greatly affects how much your divorce will cost.  Our family lawyers are extremely mindful of this and will advise you carefully on whether or not a particular issue is worth disputing.  If it is, we will make every effort to resolve the matter through alternative dispute resolution methods, such as round-table negotiation and/or mediation.

How will our finances be divided?

Financial concerns can keep people trapped in unhappy marriages for many years.  Our family lawyers will advise you on how your finances may be divided upon a divorce, all the time ensuring your best interests and those of your children are protected.  We can also apply to the Court for a ‘freezing order’ to prevent your spouse from disposing of property and/or assets, so they do not form part of the financial settlement.

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