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Happily Never After: How to have a Good Divorce

26th September 2016 - John Oxley
Happily Never After: How to have a Good Divorce

Vardags President Ayesha Vardag spoke to the Evening Standard about her tips for having an amicable divorce.

She firstly gave her views on mediation, saying I dont find mediation is helpful for a lot of couples whove gone so far as to use solicitors. Its great for couples who have transparency and are approaching it in a fair manner. But where theres a lack of trust, it can waste a lot of time and money. I think theres a role for mediation, but I dont see it as the future of family law. Prenuptial agreements, on the other hand, if agreed in an informed way while things are good between a couple, can really help avoid grisly heartache.

She also explained that sometimes her work leads to her saving, rather than ending marriages. She told the paper A husband came to me saying he felt he had to have a divorce because his wife had been unfaithful and he didnt want to keep building up his fortune in case she walked away with it. I was able to broker a post-nuptial agreement, which reflected where the marriage was and where it might be heading — and at the last count that marriage was still going strong.

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