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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.

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Jen Ade 23/07/2020

I had an initial consultation and Henry was well prepared. He gave great advice and followed through quite quickly. He was very helpful.

Chris Mullins 15/07/2020

Henry and team were most professional, considerate and efficient when handling the financial proceedings owing to my overseas divorce. I recommend their services highly. International circumstance was at first to me most daunting and confusing, given each country had its' own unique approach. Thankfully Henry was knowledgeable of the law on either side of the seas and able therefore to provide best guidance and reasoning to me which enabled favourable settlement!

Wim Jansen 24/06/2020

I contacted Brookman to ask for information regarding the validity of an international divorce court ruling. They were very quick in providing me with the right information. When I had another question a few months later around children matters I phoned them again and after taking some background information and contact details they booked me in for a free telephone consultation with 1 of their partners Talitha Brookman. She spent half an hour of her time explaining to me what I could expect and provided legal advice. All was free of charge. I would not hesitate to contact them again should any matter become more formal and have to go through court. The service has been quick, professional and very friendly.

Rebecca Brown 01/06/2020

Highly recommend this firm. Having searched around different firms for advice for some time, I had a free consultation with Henry Brookman. He was incredibly knowledgeable about my complex situation, gave straightforward advice and empowered me to understand exactly how I need to proceed.

Nik Carter 10/05/2020

I recently had a free initial consultation with Henry Brookman via video conference. He was considered and meticulous in his approach and gave me well thought through advice. He followed this up with a letter in writing summarising the advice he gave me. I would thoroughly recommend his services to anyone looking for legal representation in a divorce.