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After years of being labelled the divorce capital of the world, there are signs that London might be taking steps to abdicate its unwanted throne

16 September 2015

London has developed a headline grabbing reputation as the 'divorce capital of world', and rightly so. Newspapers are frequently splashed with high profile, high value financial settlements on divorce.

In addition to those cases where the wife receives a substantial lump sum settlement to meet both her capital and income needs on a clean break basis, the court's approach to maintenance makes it one of the most attractive forums in the world for the financially weaker spouse, with the paying party often ordered to pay maintenance to their spouse for life, if a clean break is not affordable.

Spoilt for choice

In this jurisdiction there are three types of spousal maintenance orders: joint lives, payable until the death of either party or the re-marriage of the receiving party; an extendable term, payable for a fixed period which can be ex...

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