Recent reports that Ewan McGregor has filed for divorce from his wife Eve Mavrakis, after 22 years and four children together, may have come as a shock to the celebrity world but the length of their marriage beats the UK average which currently sees couples filing for divorce after 11.7 years.
‘Usually, in an English divorce court, after a long marriage, you could expect a judge to adopt a starting point of equality between the couple by awarding a 50/ 50 split of the assets,’ says Angie.
‘Perhaps it sounds unusual for a Hollywood couple to have been married for a period that the court would consider to be a long marriage, so it will be interesting to see what financial settlement is achieved between them,’ she adds.
In a high asset case, which you could expect to be the circumstances here, you would anticipate that a 50/50 split would ensure that the needs of both people and the children of the family could easily be met. Although, the court would possibly depart from this position of equality if one of the factors in section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act was relevant or if there was a prenuptial agreement in existence.
‘When it comes to divorce, every case is different, and will be decided on the individual circumstances because no two families are the same’, Angie says.
Sources also suggest that McGregor is hopeful of an equal shared care arrangement for their four children, whereas Mavrakis is stating that she would like the children to live with her and then agree arrangements for them to spend time with their father.
‘Making arrangements for children can be particularly complex and difficult upon family breakdown and it is important that the focus is on what is best for the children. That is how a family court would approach any dispute, and in fact, it is not about what the parents want for themselves’ explains Angie.
In cases where there are children, particularly of a young age, parents would greatly benefit from trying to resolve any issues through mediation as opposed to going to court, so that they get to determine the outcome for their children rather than a judge whom they may have never met before.
Mediation can be a much more positive option than the court process because it is a very family-focused approach that promotes an ongoing relationship between parents, enabling them to continue to parent together to manage family situations long after the ink on the divorce papers has dried.
At Mooney Everett Solicitors we offer a bespoke divorce service with tailor-made fee packages to suit your family’s needs. We also offer mediation and collaborative law, with an initial assessment to advise which route is best for you.
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