Basic principles

    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.

    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 divorced. Read More


    When the court decides how to divide the finances, it will look at all the circumstances of your case. 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. 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 children. Read More