Domicile means your main permanent place where your home is. You may live there or intend to return there in the future.
When people are born, they automatically acquire their domicile. This is based on where their father lived if he was married to their mother or where the mother lived if she was unmarried or the father died before they were born.
It does seem quite obvious, but your domicile can be moved if you moved to a different country if you set up your life and home there.
This can be quite straightforward if you were born and lived in England or Wales all your life as you will be both habitually resident and domicile here, but in many divorce cases it’s not that obvious.
If you’re not sure about which jurisdiction you should get a divorce in and whether you are habitually resident and domiciles in England and Wales, we can help you. Remember, choosing the right jurisdiction to divorce in can offer you better protection so contact our expert Divorce Lawyers for an initial discussion.