MP calls for UK involvement in American divorce

December 16, 2015 10 comments

family law

A Conservative MP has called for the UK to intervene in a US divorce. Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, wants to help a British woman living in California who has been told she cannot leave the state with her infant son until her divorce is complete. The woman’s marriage to an American multimillionaire “fell…

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Adultery fuels divorce in Singapore

November 28, 2015 0 comments

Singapore, divorce, clean break

Adultery is a major driver of divorce in Singapore, even though few admit it in court. Only one per cent of divorce applications in the Asian city state cited adultery, while a full 25 per cent the respondents in a recent survey admitted that infidelity had caused marriages to fail. According to a report in…

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Divorcing Iraqi businessman faces jail term

October 28, 2015 4 comments

An Iraqi businessman could end up in prison after a family judge ruled that he had defied court orders. Following the breakdown of their marriage, the 75 year-old’s Japanese wife began divorce proceedings in an English court. The husband is currently believed to be in Portugal, and has attempted to have the divorce heard in…

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Cost of Malaysian tycoon’s divorce reaches £5 million

October 22, 2015 0 comments

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Malaysian business tycoon Khoo Kay Peng and estranged wife Pauline Chai have spent approximately £5 million on their ongoing divorce proceedings, the media has reported. Mr Kay Peng, now in his mid-70s, is chairman of high street design chain Laura Ashley. He was married to Ms Chai for 43 years and they had as many…

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Indian women want to ban verbal divorce

September 2, 2015 0 comments

A vast majority of Muslim women living in India want to see the country’s religious divorce law changed. Currently, Muslim men are able to obtain a divorce by simply saying “talaq” – which translates as “I divorce you” – three times out loud. Such a right is not available to women, nor are they able…

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Indian Court: No new relationship if you want maintenance

August 21, 2015 1 comment

India, family law

An Indian court has ruled that a divorced woman should not receive maintenance payments if she begins a new relationship. In a divorce case before the Madras High Court in the southern city of Chennai, Justice S Nagamuthu ruled that the wife “carries the obligation not to live in a relationship with another man”. He…

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Iran makes divorce more difficult

July 13, 2015 0 comments

Iran, divorce

The Iranian government has passed a law which makes divorce more difficult in the Islamic republic. Under the new regulation, divorce will not be allowed on the basis of “mutual consent”. If a couple wishes to end their marriage, they will have to attend counselling sessions before they can proceed. After counselling, the adviser will…

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China’s divorce rate continues to rise

July 1, 2015 0 comments

China, family law

The divorce rate in China has risen for the twelfth year in a row, official figures have revealed. The Ministry of Civil Affairs recently reported that 3.63 million couples brought their marriage to an end last year. This is more than the total number of marriages which took place in the United States and United…

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High Court refuses recognition of Malaysian divorce

June 4, 2015 6 comments

divorce

The High Court has granted a woman’s request that they refuse recognition of a divorce granted in Malaysia. The case concerned a couple who married in the Asian city state of Singapore in 2001 before later moving to London. A daughter was born in 2005 but they eventually separated in 2010. The wife filed for…

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