Nigella Lawson granted decree nisi

August 1, 2013 4 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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Applying for decree absolute: an essential guide

April 21, 2017 2 comments

family law

Once the interim stage in divorce, the decree nisi, has been pronounced, the petitioner (the person who has initiated the divorce) must wait a minimum of six weeks and one day before asking the court for the final stage, known as the decree absolute. This is done by completing a simple form and lodging it…

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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 8 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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