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Osborne Morris & Morgan > News and Articles > Family > Former beauty queen wins right to have divorce held in England

Former beauty queen wins right to have divorce held in England

Posted on 29 Mar 2016, in Family

The former Miss Malaysia 1969 has won the right to have her divorce with her multi-millionaire husband heard in U.K. courts. The couple have spent three years in legal battles over which country has jurisdiction over their divorce proceedings. Her husband, the non-executive chairman of the Laura Ashley brand that fashion conscious shoppers in Bedfordshire will have heard of, wanted the divorce heard by Malaysian courts, while his wife has maintained that the hearings should be held in England.

The couple were both born in Malaysia and have been married for 43 years. Her husband argued that, as they had spent the majority of their married life together in Malaysia, the divorce should be heard in that country. His wife, however, said that they had moved their residence to Hertfordshire in the U.K. shortly before their separation. She, therefore, contended that the English courts had precedence over the proceedings.

The case was heard by the Court of Appeal in London, and in December 2015 the judges ruled that the U.K. had jurisdiction over the case. A judge at the Central Family Court in London granted a decree nisi in January 2016 and the hearings over the financial settlement of the marital assets will be heard here. To date, she has spent in the region of £3.5 million in legal costs and her husband has been estimated to have spent another £1.5 million. At stake is an estate worth approximately £440 million.

In the first instance, family courts aim to divide the joint assets of a couple in a way that meets the needs of all the individuals involved. A solicitor experienced in the division of marital property can often offer valuable legal guidance to a client in such a situation.


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