If you are an expatriate living in the UAE and are facing a divorce, we will be by your side every step of the way. We are a multi-lingual firm, and our family lawyers are registered with the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Dubai Legal Affairs Department. Our team has a robust knowledge of UK/UAE law and how it applies to expatriates in the UAE. As a niche firm, we regarded highly for our divorce and family law expertise.
Our team will take the time to understand your needs, offer the best solutions, and meticulously draft the required documents. We are a fully digital practice and can arrange meetings by video conference if preferred.
Wherever possible, our team will assist you and your spouse in working out the financial settlement and arrangements for your children between yourselves, without the involvement of the Family Court. Studies have shown that such agreements are more likely to stick and allow a couple to work more amicably together in the future, should circumstances surrounding the needs of children change (as they always do).
Our divorce lawyers specialise in areas of divorce, separation, custody, and financial settlements in the UK Courts including:
- Arrangements for children, parental responsibility and guardianship issues.
- Financial settlements
- Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
- International and internal relocation
- Child abduction
Our highly dedicated family lawyers provide you with:
- a detailed assessment of your personal circumstances to ascertain the right course of action
- representation at Court and all preliminary meetings
- preparation of settlement agreements or memos for court submission as the case may be
- dealing with your divorce and/or other financial matters from start to finish
How do I choose a jurisdiction in which to divorce in?
Our UK family law team can advise you on the best country for your case to be heard, both in terms of financial settlement and issues relating to arrangements for children.
We will take the time to examine your economic position, your future earning potential, and the history of your marriage and advise which jurisdiction would be most advantageous to you.
I was married overseas; can I divorce in England?
You may get divorced in England and Wales regardless of where your marriage took place as long as certain criteria are met. Issues regarding overseas marriages can be complicated, especially if there are issues related to the immigration status of one party should a divorce occur. We can provide the advice and representation you need to ensure your best interests are protected and your future is secure.
Can I get divorced under UK law?
You may have your divorce proceedings heard in an English court if:
- both parties to the marriage are habitually resident in England and Wales; or
- both parties were last habitually resident in England and Wales, and one of them still lives there: or
- the Respondent (the party served with divorce papers) is habitually resident in England and Wales; or
- If you are jointly applying for a divorce then either you or your spouse are habitually resident in England and Wales; or
- the Applicant (the party who has served divorce papers on their spouse) is habitually resident in England and Wales and has resided there for at least 12 months immediately before the application is filed; or
- the Applicant is domiciled and habitually resident in England and Wales and has been living in England and Wales for at least six months directly before the application is filed; or
- Both parties to the marriage are domiciled in England and Wales; or
- Only either the applicant or the respondent is domiciled in England and Wales.
Our lawyers can swiftly establish if you can get divorced under UK law and quickly file the divorce petition in the UK courts on your behalf.
No-fault divorce – What are the changes/new grounds for divorce in the UK?
As of 6 April 2022, the UK introduced no fault divorce. This is the biggest change in divorce law since 1969. Divorces in the UK can now be granted without the need to blame one party.
You can now get divorced on the basis that your marriage has irretrievably broken down, without the need to cite a reason for the same. One party needs to provide a legal statement to say the marriage has broken down without giving any reason for the same and this cannot be defended by the other party. There are limited grounds upon which the divorce can be disputed.
If matters are amicable between you and your spouse, we can now even assist you both to jointly apply for the divorce.
The new divorce laws have introduced a mandatory 20 week cooling off period; which is a minimum of a 20-week waiting period between the initial application being issued by the court and the conditional order being granted. Parties will then have to wait a further 6 weeks before applying for the final order. This period will allow the parties to enter into negotiations and resolve any outstanding financial remedy matters.
For the first time, service by email will now be the court’s default position. This is beneficial if you and your spouse are living separately and, in some cases, even in different countries.
The divorce laws in the UK have now ended the ‘blame game’ in divorce, our Lawyers can further advise and assist you with understanding the new divorce process and how this will impact you.
How much does a divorce cost?
Again, the ability of you and your spouse to reach an amicable agreement on how you will separate your lives greatly affects how much your divorce will cost. Our family lawyers are extremely mindful of this and will advise you carefully on whether or not a particular issue is worth disputing. If it is, we will make every effort to resolve the matter through alternative dispute resolution methods, such as round-table negotiation and/or mediation.
How will our finances be divided?
Financial concerns can keep people trapped in unhappy marriages for many years. Our family lawyers will advise you on how your finances may be divided upon a divorce, all the time ensuring your best interests and those of your children are protected. We can also apply to the Court for a ‘freezing order’ to prevent your spouse from disposing of property and/or assets, so they do not form part of the financial settlement