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I was doing a Google search on the difference between

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Hello. I was doing a Google search on the difference between divorcing in France and the UK and your site came up.
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: I am in France
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Customer: No
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Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I now how things are managed in France but wondered if it would be better for me to divorce in the UK. Am I right in understanding that the UK courts start out on the basis of a 50:50 split of ALL assets including anything inherited or owned before the marriage?
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In this case I'll give you the general pointers:

1. With property purchased prior to marriage or assets acquired prior to marriage, the starting point is that these are EXCLUDED from the joint asset pot.

2. With property or assets acquired after the date of marriage, the starting point as that this is INCLUDED in the joint asset pot.

3. It does not matter who contributed what during the marriage, all assets acquired after the date of marriage are considered to be jointly owned regardless of who paid what. This means one party will still own half of the asset purchased after the date of marriage even if the other party paid for it all.

4. Claims on pensions should be limited to a share of the amount accrued in the fund during the length of the marriage, with marriages that are relatively short, but with a longer marriage pensions are more often shared.

5. If you both work now, there should not be claim for maintenance. In the case where one spouse earns significantly more than the other maintenance could be an issue.

6. The court can depart from the general principles if it is deemed fair to do so and the needs of the parties dictate that it is necessary to do so.

I hope this assists in setting out the legal framework for you?

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Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Thank your for your reply which has answered my question.
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I will not hesitate to contact you if I need any more information. Best regards.