Following what is widely regarded as the UK's biggest divorce financial settlement, the Courts and Judges may now see a significant increase in claims from hopeful divorcees - but it is not always easy...
Any potential litigant before a court in England and Wales must first establish and satisfy the jurisdiction rules and regulations of such courts to hear the potential claim. Complex rules apply when each party is trying to establish jurisdiction in different countries.
Early and effective advice is essential, and knowledge of both the assets and income of the other spouse is very important in the early stages and planning of any litigation. The greater the knowledge, the greater the potential for a successful and fair outcome. Negotiation and compromise are often successful tools in the resolution of family financial issues. If an agreement cannot be reached, litigation is pursued to achieve a fair outcome "in the interests of justice". Such principles of justice in the Courts of England and Wales are often far more generous than other jurisdictions.
The UK's High Court on Tuesday awarded a lump sum settlement of £251.5m to Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussain - the 47-year-old daughter of Jordan's former King Hussein. It's described as the biggest divorce case in British legal history - a settlement of more than £500m involving the billionaire ruler of Dubai and his estranged wife.