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Basic principles

There are four basic principles of divorce in England: jurisdiction, finances, children and contact, and, as a result of Ayesha Vardag's ground-breaking work on the landmark Supreme Court case, Radmacher v Granatino, prenuptial agreements.

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English jurisdiction

London is often called the “divorce capital of the world” and has earned a reputation for large payouts to the financially weaker parties. Though this reputation is a simplification of what happens, it is true that for many people, London will be a far more advantageous place to get... Read more


When the court decides how to divide the finances, it will look at all the circumstances of your case. The court will generally share everything earned during the marriage equally between the parties. The court may depart from this starting point if, for example, one of you has made an overwhelming... Read more

Prenuptial agreements

Following Vardags’ victory in the landmark Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino in 2010, prenuptial agreements have been increasingly adopted in English law. Though not absolutely binding, the court will seek to apply a prenuptial agreement unless it is unfair. Prenups can be seen as unfair if... Read more

Children and contact

The court recognizes that, generally, both parents should play a full role in children’s lives. When deciding with whom a child shall live and how much time they spend with the other parent, the primary concern will be the welfare of the child. Younger children will need to spend more time with the... Read more

Spousal maintenace (alimony) in divorce

Whist not applicable to all cases, an important financial consideration following divorce is whether payment of spousal maintenance is necessary, and the appropriate level and ‘term’ (i.e. length) of those payments.  Spousal maintenance will usually only be appropriate where one party is... Read more

Child maintenance (support)

Child maintenance relates to regular payments made by a non-resident parent to the individual or parent with care of the child to meet their day-to-day living expenses following relationship breakdown. Child maintenance payments can be agreed between parents on a voluntary basis, but if they cannot agree on... Read more

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