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 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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Divorce petitions: then and now

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August 1, 2016 4 comments

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Let’s take a little trip down Memory Lane. I spent a year before university working in Boots to earn some money. Later I took a typing course in order to work at law firms when I was at university, and then I worked for nine months at a legal aid law firm run by my…

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Court jumps the gun on financial relief

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May 4, 2016 0 comments

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“It is trite law that orders for financial relief may only be ‘made’ (“the court may make”) on the “granting of a decree of divorce, a decree of nullity of marriage or a decree of judicial separation or at any time thereafter (whether, in the case of a decree of divorce or of nullity of…

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