Supreme Court ruling will ‘encourage divorce tourism’

A dissenting Supreme Court judge has criticised a ruling for giving wives “untrammelled licence” to go forum-shopping

02 Jul 2020

A dissenting Supreme Court judge has criticised a ruling for giving wives “untrammelled licence” to go forum-shopping.

In a majority ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that divorce proceedings in Scotland and an application for financial relief in England were not “related proceedings” for the purposes of EU law.

The Scottish courts award less generous spousal maintenance than the English courts and lawyers say the ruling will encourage forum shopping.

Alexie Bonavia, an associate at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, said the ruing “highlights and re-enforces London’s maintained status as the divorce capital of the world”.

But she said the case is “particularly interesting&r...

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