Ayesha Vardag, ‘Britain’s top divorce lawyer’ comments.
“Decree nisi is the halfway house in a divorce. After that we would expect Liz Hurley to apply for decree absolute which brings the marriage to an end.”
“There is no ‘no fault’ divorce in England without a two year wait – prior to that that divorces have to be based on behaviour or adultery. The fact that Hurley cited behaviour is not necessarily an act of ill will on her part.
Presumably she didn’t feel that her husband’s behaviour had an impact on her health, this appeared to have been an amicable and civilised divorce.”
“There is the possibility that either party could make a claim against the other or could decide to resolve matters out of court, possibly without a payout on either side.”
“Increasingly, I am receiving requests from celebrity figures to protect their assets prior to marriage with a prenuptial agreement. I believe it is important for couples to have a clear understand of what their expections are, both if the marriage works and if it doesn’t. Having a prenuptial agreement gives both parties clarity and some certainty in the best of times, as to what would happen in the worst of times.”
Ayesha Vardag graduated from Cambridge University with Honours in Law and from Brussels with a Master’s in European Law, working at the International Courts of Justice in the Hague and the UN(IAEA) in Vienna. She then trained and qualified as a finance lawyer at Linklaters London and Moscow on power station and diamond mine projects, before moving on to capital markets work at New York law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges. Ayesha was called to the Bar in 1999 and joined 4 New Square chambers, then crossed to family law at Sears Tooth. She founded Ayesha Vardag Solicitors (www.vardags.com) in 2005.