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Happily Never After: How to have a Good Divorce

By John Oxley -

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 don’t find mediation is helpful for a lot of couples who’ve gone so far as to use solicitors. It’s great for couples who have transparency and are approaching it in a fair manner. But where there’s a lack of trust, it can waste a lot of time and money. I think there’s a role for mediation, but I don’t 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 didn’t 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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John Oxley

John first joined Vardags in 2013 and spent a year with the firm as a paralegal to Ayesha Vardag before undertaking pupillage with leading matrimonial set QE...