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Steve W. Marsee, P.A. Orlando Divorce Attorney
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Why Does Sophie Turner Want to Move Her Divorce to the UK?


While Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’ divorce seemed amicable at first, it is showing all the telltale signs of being one hell of a roller coaster ride. And the ride is just getting started. One of the most recent developments is Sophie Turner’s clear effort to not only have her children moved to the United Kingdom, but also the entire divorce trial. Why does she want to do this, and what might happen if Joe Jonas is forced to litigate this combative divorce on British soil?

 Turner May be Trying to Dodge Recent Changes in Florida Law 

Sophie Turner may have suddenly realized that recent changes in Florida law make this a somewhat unfavorable jurisdiction for a divorce trial. This is because as it stands, she clearly has a lower net worth and income compared to her estranged husband. Recent estimates put her net worth at $10 million, while Jonas has a net worth of approximately $50 million. In addition, Turner arguably has a lower earning potential compared to Jonas, with her acting career apparently stalling after Game of Thrones.

Why would this make her want to avoid having a divorce trial in Florida? Simple: Recent changes in Florida make it a more favorable state for the “paying spouse.” In other states or nations, she might expect to receive much more in the way of alimony, child support, and the overall divorce settlement. That being said, the pair allegedly have an “ironclad” prenup that will be difficult to contest in Florida – which means she will likely lose access to these benefits anyway.

 The 50-Mile Custody Rule in Florida

 One thing that prenups cannot control is the way in which children are handled. Family courts always have the final say on this matter, and a Florida court is more likely to keep the children in a familiar environment. This might be a neighborhood in which they have friends, school connections, sports teams, and so on. In addition, recent changes in Florida divorce law standardize the previously unwritten “50-mile rule.” This rule essentially states that parents have a higher chance of losing custody rights if they move more than 50 miles away. Moving the divorce to the UK could circumvent this issue.

 London Has a Well-Known Reputation as a “Divorce Haven” 

Finally, it is worth mentioning that the United Kingdom (especially London) has a well-known (and well-deserved) reputation as a divorce tourism hotspot. In other words, spouses try to have their divorces heard in London because they know they will receive special treatment – especially those who have wealthier, higher-income spouses. Perhaps most notably, London courts have a long history of completely disregarding prenuptial agreements.

 Where Can I Find a Qualified Divorce Attorney in Florida? 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced Orlando divorce attorney, look no further than Steve Marsee, P.A. Recent changes in Florida’s divorce laws are causing confusion not only for major celebrities, but also average Florida residents. To clarify common points of confusion and get started with an effective action plan, consider booking a consultation with us today. We’ll help you determine the most appropriate course of legal action.


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