If you have a connection to another country or a different part of the UK, you or your partner might choose to start divorce proceedings there. The country in which your divorce, dissolution or other court proceedings takes place is known as the jurisdiction. Different jurisdictions will approach your case differently, particularly with regard to how the financial matters are dealt with.
This could lead to very different outcomes for you, which may be more beneficial or conversely more prejudicial to you than other jurisdictions. Where there is more than one jurisdiction in which your divorce could take place, this can often lead to a race between the parties to be the first to issue. This is also known as “forum shopping” and the “race for jurisdiction”.