Date: 29 April 2013

Divorce Tourism

So called “divorce tourism” has placed London at the world centre of international divorce cases. In a recent speech given to the annual CBI conference London Mayor Boris Johnson suggested that London should be seen as the best place to take billionaires to the “cleaners”:

“I have no shame whatsoever in saying to the injured spouses of the world’s billionaires: ‘If you want to take him to the cleaners, darling, take him to the cleaners in London!’ Because London cleaners will be grateful for your business.”

This is not necessarily a view shared by all within the Judiciary. In the case of Golubovich v Golubovich [2010] EWCA Civ 180, Lord justice Thorpe was critical of the “wasteful” use of the English family courts by foreign couples filing for divorce.

The English family courts are seen to offer a more flexible approach to determine divorce settlements than those in other countries. From Russian oligarchs, to high profile celebrity break ups, London is keen to place itself at the centre of international litigation.

Senior partner at Best Solicitors and international child abduction expert Donna Tilbrook says, “Over the last 10 years there has been a significant increase in the number of cases with an international element. Globalisation and increased international migration are leading to more international cases. At Best Solicitors we have seen a particular increase in international child abduction work”.

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