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Divorce laws in the rest of the world

Divorce laws vary from country to country, but as international divorce experts, Vardags can provide guidance on issues of jurisdiction, finances and children. This guide provides a summary of divorce laws in various countries outside of Europe.

What are divorce laws like in Australia?

The courts in Australia have a broad remit to divide and distribute assets between the parties. The court will consider all contributions made during the marriage, including non-financial efforts such as keeping the house or raising children, though there is no starting point in favour of equality.

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What’s the difference between divorcing in England and India?

Provision in India will depend on a number of factors, including the religion of the parties. Generally, the court do not have a concept of “matrimonial property” and there will be no division of assets.

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What’s the difference between divorcing in England and Russia?

The courts in Russia can only make very limited provision for spouses on divorce. Generally, this will be dividing jointly owned property equally, with no investigation of assets held in sole names. Maintenance can only be ordered in very specific circumstances, for example where the spouse is disabled, pregnant or has care of a disabled child.

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What’s the difference between divorcing in England and Switzerland?

Like most European countries, divorce laws in Switzerland are based around marital property regimes. The default regime is that property acquired during the marriage is shared equally, whilst each party retains the property which they owned before the marriage. The parties must also settle any debts which have arisen between themselves and with third parties.

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What’s the difference between divorcing in England and the UAE?

In the UAE, upon divorce the parties will retain the assets in their own names. There may be grounds for a payment under an Islamic marriage contract, but other than that no assets will be redistributed.

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What’s the difference between divorcing in England and the USA?

Divorce falls under the jurisdiction of state, rather than federal, government. The outcome will therefore vary depending on which state proceedings are issued in.

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