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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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 4 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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Judge rules divorce obtained by fraud

January 13, 2016 0 comments

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A Family Court judge has ruled that a Hasidic man obtained his divorce by fraud. The 39 year-old was introduced to his Israeli wife in 2002. Both were members of the ultra-orthodox Satmar branch of Hasidic Judaism. They married in a civil ceremony in London later that year, although they did not live together or…

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