A common question that family solicitors encounter is whether couples who married abroad can get divorced in the UK. The first point to note is that divorce laws differ between countries within the UK. England and Wales have the same divorce laws and it is this jurisdiction that we are concerned with here. Where a married couple who are settled in England and Wales wish to divorce having got legally married abroad, it is legally acceptable for that couple to divorce in England and Wales – there is no requirement for the divorce to take place in the country where they married.
There are however certain circumstances where divorcing in England and Wales can be more complicated, following a marriage abroad. Such circumstances include the following:
Given that this can be quite a complicated area, if a couple have married abroad and are in any doubt about their eligibility to divorce in the UK, then we would always recommend that such individuals seek early advice from a family solicitor prior to issuing their divorce application.
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