It is unfortunate that expats often find that one partner is happy with being overseas and the other is not – this will sometimes result in a split and eventual divorce. For the adviser faced with this unhappy state of affairs there is the knowledge that foreign divorce law is not similar to the UK court’s guidelines and, in particular, countries practising Sharia law (e.g. the Emirate States) follow other rules for those divorcing in those jurisdictions. However, there is certainty as to the tax implications, and pre-divorce tax planning can avoid unnecessary impositions of tax at this time.

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