In an increasingly global economy, it makes perfect sense that divorce crosses borders. London is seen as the capital of the world and it’s certainly the divorce capital of the world. The courts are famously generous to the financially weaker spouse because English law sees no distinction between breadwinner and homemaker – marriage is a partnership and you share equally in its fruits, whatever roles you played. Because of this, couples from many corners of the world pass through the courts, which play host to some of the most complex family cases of all.
The digital revolution continues its unstoppable march into the courtroom. An Australian start-up has developed an app which purports to assess the chances of spouses succeeding in a financial settlement or child custody action.
The American state of Virginia has passed up an opportunity to decriminalise adultery. State Bill 174 Adultery, which proposed to downgrade adultery from a criminal to a civil offence, has been rejected by the Virginia State senate after short debate by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.
MP Richard Bacon’s private members bill, which seeks to amend the 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act to allow an extra ground for legal separation had its second reading delayed until Friday 11 March after MPs objected to it being read last Friday.
Walid Juffali, a Saudi oil tycoon, has argued in court that his diplomatic immunity should protect him from being involved in divorce proceedings in England. What’s more, he asserts that the £70,000 a month he is already providing to his ex-wife is sufficiently generous.
This week Japan had the chance to consider two of its long-standing marriage laws this week, when the Supreme Court will consider claims brought by five women.