“As director of divorce and family lawyer at Vardags, Hamblin is widely regarded as one of the best divorce lawyers in the country,” so Marie Claire introduced Georgina Hamblin for a feature in May’s edition where they ask her for the secrets to a successful marriage.
Espousing the importance of communication, honesty and valuing your partner, Georgina gave her insight as a divorce lawyer and working wife and mother.
Having eventually begun to feel that the “walls were closing in” while she was on maternity leave, Georgina argues that having a life outside the home is a key aspect of making a relationship work. But with more women becoming the breadwinner, she explains the importance of valuing your partner’s independent life as well as your own – a lesson foregrounded by a former client whose relationship echoed her own. “I often think of that client and try to work on it in my own marriage,” Georgina said.
Speaking with a touch of a divorce lawyer’s realism, Georgina also had some sound advice for couples in case things should go South – think through difficult decisions carefully, and make a prenuptial agreement. “Some people think prenuptial agreements are unromantic, but if you do the financial planning while you’re in a happy, loving place, it will be easier to draw up a fair agreement.”
Georgina’s positive and pragmatic advice encapsulates the possibility of both harmonious marriages, and happiness beyond divorce.