Pakistani woman granted Sharia divorce in UK

February 1, 2016 1 comment

Islam, family law

A Pakistani woman has been granted a Sharia divorce from her abusive husband. The 37 year-old arrived in Britain in 2010 on a study visa, but the trip was actually a way to escape her husband. They were married in a New York ceremony when she was 24 and then lived together in Pakistan. She…

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Saudi Arabia issues IDs to divorced women

January 27, 2016 1 comment

divorce

Divorced women in Saudi Arabia can now apply for an independent family ID for use when talking to government departments or appearing in court. Previously divorcees women in the Middle Eastern nation were unable to verify themselves without their ex-husband’s co-operation. The men had to either lend the original family ID to their former spouses…

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Husband ‘spends £6m to avoid divorce pay-out’

January 27, 2016 0 comments

finances and divorce

A wife has accused her wealthy ex-husband of spending £6 million to avoid a big divorce pay-out. The 55 year-old separated from her husband in 2008 after 24 years of marriage. The following year, the couple signed a consent order which divided their assets. Part of the order was for the husband to pay her…

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Drunk driver was ‘celebrating his divorce’

January 26, 2016 2 comments

family law

A man caught driving while drunk told magistrates he had been celebrating his recent divorce. The 59 year-old was spotted by a passer-by bumping his car into another vehicle in Torquay, Devon, and then staggering into a supermarket to buy more alcohol. He returned to his girlfriend’s home to continue his celebrations and was arrested…

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New York woman challenges ‘secret’ divorce

January 25, 2016 0 comments

family law

A woman in New York has taken her husband to court for allegedly divorcing her in secret. The couple married in 1994 not long after they first met at a mutual friend’s house. Despite the fact that her future husband was 30 years older than her, she claimed he was “absolutely charming” and that “it…

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Prisoner seeks divorce from husband in another jail

January 23, 2016 1 comment

divorce

An American woman serving 20 years for manslaughter is seeking a divorce from her husband who received a life sentence for his role in the same crime. The couple, from Athens in Georgia, were both convicted of stabbing Christopher Coon in 2011 in a dispute over the sale of “pain pills” which they sold from…

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Government apologises for online divorce errors

January 22, 2016 1 comment

family law

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has apologised for an online error which affected thousands of divorce settlements. Shortly before Christmas, family lawyers uncovered a mistake on a form available to download from the MoJ’s website. The issue was with Form E, which provides a complete financial statement from each party in a divorce. The resulting…

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