Divorce And Family Law In Sri Lanka

Divorce in Sri Lanka is almost entirely fault-based. The Civil Code does include a provision that a husband or wife can petition for divorce two years after a decree of judicial separation or after seven years separation. However these provisions are not always applied consistently, and there is pressure to reform the law and move away from the necessity of one party having to prove the fault of the other.

The grounds for divorce are adultery, ‘malicious desertion’ and impotence at the time of marriage. The need to prove one of these grounds in court is given as one reason why the divorce rate in Sri Lanka is comparatively low.

Financial orders – whether for a lump sum, transfer of property or periodical payments – are made at the discretion of the court.

In relation to child arrangements and custody, decisions are made in the interests of the child. If there is a dispute over contact while parents are still married, preference is given to the father.

We are specialist firm of family law solicitors and we advise clients who have a connection with Sri Lanka. Our clients can include those who are UK–based but originate from Sri Lanka, are living in Sri Lanka but have a connection with England or Wales, were married in Sri Lanka, or have other family connections with Sri Lanka.

Enquire Now

Got a question about Sri Lanka? ask us now...

Kindly complete the form below to send an enquiry.
Your message will be sent to one of our solicitors.
Everything you send in this form is secured and encrypted the moment you submit it.
Discretion is guaranteed.


  • 1. Personal Information:

  • You do not need to provide a telephone number, however, it is helpful for us should our email response not be successfully delivered to you
  • 2. More Information

    Is there anything else you would like to tell us at this stage?
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

What our clients are saying:

‘KS’, London

“I would not hesitate to recommend Aziz Malik from Brookman to anyone seeking divorce advice. He is a highly knowledgeable international divorce solicitor who is extremely professional and demonstrates genuine empathy – a quality I did not find with other solicitors that I contacted.”


Google Reviews

Brookman Solicitors

56 Reviews

Rhea Steel 06/09/2019

I sent an email to book a free 45 min consultation. A senior partner answered my questions and put me at ease. No consultation needed!

A D 29/08/2019

I had the opportunity to meet Henry Brookman in a very difficult time of my life and he has been of great advise and support. Thank you!

Simon Rogerson 12/08/2019

I wanted to say a big thanks to Henry Bookman and his colleagues for all their help and guidance during my divorce - a long a complicated one. The team were all brilliant. I loved the fact that Henry was happy to explore possibilities and search for solutions. I also feel that on occasions he gave hope when things were against me. All told a great coach who was ready with pearls of wisdom when I needed it.

An'a. K 10/08/2019

I would strongly recommend this firm. I had the opportunity to discuss my case thoroughly with Mr Bookman. But before the initial consultation, I had a telephone conversation with a legal assistant who took most of the details down, so that my initial consultation was to the point I appreciate the advice given by Mr Bookman and think it a humble approach that the initial consultation is FREE and carried by the most senior member of the firm and not by a junior staff like it happens in other firms.

Anonymous 08/08/2019

Aziz Malik. Unbelievably good. Fantastic advice and was able to manage my difficult family law case to a superb outcome. Highly recommended.