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If you are in an international relationship, the jurisdiction in which your divorce proceeds could make a huge difference to the final outcome. London, as the divorce capital of the world, is known for making generous awards to the financially weaker parties, and the court has a wide discretion in what it awards. The jurisdiction in which you are entitled to divorce rests on a mixture of European and national law, but is generally determined in relation to where each party is habitually resident or domiciled. If the dispute is between two European countries, the person who petitions first may be determinative. It is therefore vital to take legal advice promptly. Very often, a British person living abroad is able to access the English justice system, without necessarily being in the country at the time.

In contrast to France, the English courts do not automatically hold parties to prenuptial agreements. The court will look at the needs of the parties and will aim look to share the assets built up during the course of the marriage. The English court also has wide-ranging powers to order ongoing maintenance and look at assets held through companies and family trusts. 

Proceedings can also be initiated if one party wants to move to another country with the children, given that the permission of the other parent, or the court, is required. If you are caught in this situation, then you may need to seek legal advice. Family law issues are often sensitive and can be difficult to address with your lawyer. At Vardags, we understand the need to express yourself freely and that it is often easier to discuss your private matters in your mother tongue.

Vardags services extend well beyond divorce and family law, and encompass reputation and privacy, property, corporate, criminal defence, commercial and civil litigation, employment, and professional negligence.  


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We offer a free consultation to suitable clients, typically those where the family's net assets are in excess of £1m or the combined income is in excess of £150,000

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OUR TOP DIVORCE SOLICITORS SERVING FRENCH CLIENTS

Ayesha Vardag

Ayesha Vardag

Founder & President
A DIVORCE LAWYER WIDELY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE WORLDS BEST
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Founder and President, Ayesha Vardag, is fluent in French, having having been a Cambridge Wiener Anspach scholar for a Masters in European Law at the Université...
Silvia Devecchi

Silvia Devecchi

Director - Divorce & Family Law
SILVIA DEVECCHIS INCREDIBLE KNOWLEDGE, TACTICAL MIND AND PRACTICAL APPROACH WAS SECOND TO NONE
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Head of Cambridge and Director of Divorce & Family law, Silvia Devecchi, speaks fluent French. However, Silvia offers not only her multi-lingual capacity but...
Caroline Korah

Caroline Korah

Director - Children
CAROLINE KORAH IS A HIGHLY DEDICATED LAWYER WHO FEARLESSLY REPRESENTS HER CLIENTS INTEREST
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Raised in Canada, Children Director Caroline Korah speaks fluent French. She has been recognised as ‘Rising Star’ by the Legal 500, and continues to impress her...
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