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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Expediting the decree absolute by John Bolch

July 23, 2014 4 comments

divorce

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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Husband wins appeal to dispute divorce decree

May 22, 2014 2 comments

financial settlement divorce

A husband has been allowed to dispute the granting of a decree nisi in his divorce by the Court of Appeal. In Price v Price, the husband claimed that when originally served with a divorce petition, he posted an answer to the courts, setting out his defence to the claims made in the petition, but this never…

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The sharing principle in action by John Bolch

August 27, 2014 0 comments

finances and divorce

I wrote here recently about the important financial remedies case of White v White. This introduced the ‘sharing principle’, whereby, as a general guide, an equal division of assets between husband and wife should be departed from only if, and to the extent that, there is good reason for doing so. I said then that…

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Update: Russian couple finally divorce

July 22, 2014 0 comments

divorce, decree absolute, wedding ring

Back in May, I wrote about the case of a Russian couple whose divorce was not considered ‘valid’ in the UK despite the fact that the wife has since remarried. Now though, they have finally managed to get a divorce. In Solovyev v Solovyev, the husband applied to the English Family Court for a divorce…

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John Bolch: I never had the Latin

June 4, 2014 2 comments

family law

“Yes, I would have liked to have been a judge, but I never had the Latin. I never had sufficient Latin to get through the rigorous judging exams.” So said the late great Peter Cook at the beginning of his wonderful Miner sketch. I know how he felt – Latin O-level was the only serious…

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