Family Division President warns of accidental bigamy

April 25, 2018 0 comments

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Family Division President Sir James Munby has warned that an unspecified number of recently issued divorce decrees may not be legally valid. In guidance published this week, he warned that “very recently a number of cases have been brought to my attention where decrees nisi and absolute have been granted” in violation of the Matrimonial…

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Silly season

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January 2, 2018 3 comments

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I thought that the expression ‘silly season’ referred to the period in high summer when there was so little news about that news outlets had to come up with various ‘silly’ stories to fill their publications. However, it seems from some of the things I read last week that the term can just as well…

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The digital age dawns: online divorce

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June 23, 2017 3 comments

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I had the pleasure of attending the At A Glance legal conference in London on Wednesday. One of the speakers was Adam Lennon, the Head of Family Modernisation & Improvement at HM Courts and Tribunals Service. He talked about the Court’s plans to roll out an online divorce system. Part of the talk involved a…

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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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Wife struggles to divorce paedophile husband

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April 7, 2016 0 comments

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Yesterday, I read a story in the Daily Mail about a Surrey woman who discovered her husband was a convicted paedophile after their wedding and has apparently been unable to divorce him for five years. I found this incredible, especially since she had reportedly taken legal advice. While the couple were on their honeymoon in…

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Judge rules divorce obtained by fraud

January 13, 2016 1 comment

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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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