LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Rock star Phil Collins' $46.5 million divorce settlement shows London courts have become a haven for wives seeking favorable rulings, legal analysts say.
Documents revealed Monday detailed Collins' hefty pay-out to third wife Orianne Cevey, a native of Switzerland, after an eight-year marriage. The news prompted some observers to say Britain's divorce laws are making its courts popular with foreign women who "shop" for sympathetic venues, The Times of London reported Tuesday.
"It's generally accepted that London is the divorce capital of the world," James Turner, a lawyer involved in family law cases, told the Times. "More foreign claimants than ever are 'forum shopping' for the best divorce jurisdiction -- and that tends to be England."
Turner said the phenomenon began in 2000 when the House of Lords ruled that marital assets should be split equally.
The newspaper said the divorce was the third for Collins, 57, who also had to pay $32 million to second wife Jill Tavelman, whom he notoriously dumped via fax message. Some Collins fans were wondering why the musician never got a pre-nuptial agreement when he married Cevey in 1998, the Times said.