Thank you for your patience.
If you were to obtain an order in relation to the division of property in Ethiopia, you would still need for it to be recognized in the UK. You would therefore be required to make an application in the UK courts for any order made by the court in Ethiopia to be recognized here in the UK so that you may enforce it.
For a final judgment to be recognized and enforced at common law, it must be binding, final and conclusive.
You will also be require to demonstrate that:
- At the time the proceedings commenced in Ethiopia your wife was present there;
- Your wife was made a party to the proceeding in Ethiopia;
- Your wife voluntarily submitted to the jurisdiction of the courts in Ethiopia by appearing in the proceedings;
So therefore, it is not as straightforward as you would think. You may apply and get an order respect of the property in Ethiopia, however, as the property is in the UK, you will ultimately want to be able to enforce the judgment. You will have to think carefully as to whether you will be able to satisfy the above requirement.
I have noted that you mentioned that the property was acquired prior to your wife coming to the UK. You could therefore argue that she is not entitled to a share in the property. Or, if she is, a minimal amount. I must warn you that in order to get the court to grant you such an order you would have to demonstrate some of the following thins ( this list is not meant to be exhaustive) :
- Whether property was obtained prior to marriage
- Whether the marriage was short lived
- her contribution, if any to the upkeep of the property.
I hope I have put things into perspective for you. Kindly let me know if I may be of further assistance.
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