Nigella Lawson granted decree nisi

August 1, 2013 3 comments

Nigella divorce

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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Husband hit with costs order after wife wins appeal

April 11, 2014 0 comments

Couple sign

A husband who has been locked in a lengthy divorce dispute with his ex-wife has been ordered to pay his former wife’s costs after she won an appeal. In JP v NP, the marriage had lasted 35 years. The couple had married in India, and they struggled to produce a marriage certificate after the wife…

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Is there any point in defending a divorce? by John Bolch

February 10, 2014 11 comments

Bench

The recent case of Bidaki v Najafabadi reminded me of the futility of contesting divorce proceedings. Whilst the Court of Appeal judgment did not strictly speaking deal with it, the case involved that rare thing nowadays: a contested divorce hearing. I won’t go into the details here, but the result of the hearing was (as…

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Marriage guidance courses pay for themselves 11 times over, government study concludes

January 29, 2014 6 comments

Wedding ring

This just in from the Department of the Should Be Obvious: marriage guidance courses cut divorce and save society millions. In a government-funded study, researchers from the Tavistock Institute examined the effectiveness of different types of marriage and relationship guidance. They looked at courses run by Relate, Care for the Family, and the Roman Catholic…

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