Nigella Lawson granted decree nisi

August 1, 2013 3 comments

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TV chef Nigella Lawson has been granted a decree nisi, the penultimate stage in her speedy divorce from advertising impresario Charles Saatchi. In a High Court hearing reported to have lasted just one minute, District Judge Anne Aitken issued the decree, effectively ending the couple’s ten year marriage. The chef cited “unreasonable behaviour” as the…

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Decree Absolute error leads to new marriage hearing

January 25, 2016 0 comments

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A Pakistani woman has persuaded the Court of Appeal to order a rehearing of her claim that her third marriage was invalid. In Ismail v Choudhry, her first marriage took place in India in 1983. The couple later moved to England and divorced. But despite reaching decree absolute stage and completing the divorce process, the…

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Expediting the decree absolute

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July 23, 2014 6 comments

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I vaguely recollect an occasion many, many, years ago when I was at the Royal Courts of Justice in London and I witnessed something slightly unusual. I can’t now recall why I was at the court, but I think I was waiting for the case I was involved in to come on. Whilst waiting, I…

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A rare defended divorce has its day in court

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February 16, 2017 3 comments

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Update: some of our readers may have seen the original version of this post. That was partly based on information we received late on Wednesday from an apparently reputable source which nevertheless turned out to be incorrect. Our apologies for any confusion caused. After a relatively quiet start to 2017, some interesting family law cases…

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