Vardags’ delivers a bespoke legal service to HNW and UHNW individuals, their families, businesses and assets, based in Malta. For these clients, we provide outstanding legal advice and strategic solutions that keep their best interests at the very centre of the case. Our industry-leading legal team form an exceptional blend of talent, sheer intellect, experience, personality, drive and dedication, with unmatched expertise in the area of judicial dissolution of cross-border marriages and cases involving jurisdictional disputes and international assets. We also work in close partnership with a network of Maltese contacts, including banks, family offices, tax advisors and wealth managers.
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 England and Wales, the 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.
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