Is your marriage really registered? By Sarah Jane Lenihan

December 16, 2017 1 comment

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Since working in London I have been consulted by a number of clients who have undergone solely religious marriages that were never been officially registered, only to find out later, when the relationship breaks down, that the marriage is therefore not legally recognised. The ceremonies in question took place in England. The legal situation with…

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Guide to Jewish family life launched at the Supreme Court

December 1, 2017 0 comments

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Supreme Court President Lady Hale spoke at the launch of a new guide to Jewish traditions this week. Jewish Family Life and Customs: A Practical Guide was written for lawyers and judges in need for a concise but reliable introduction when working with Jewish clients or hearing cases which concern Jewish matters. It is an…

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Sharp rise in Israelis blacklisted from marriage

September 19, 2017 0 comments

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The number of Israelis banned from marrying by the rabbinical courts has leapt in recent years according to local campaigners. These traditional raddinical courts govern marriage and divorce in Israel, even amongst non-religious residents. Despite popular support, civil marriage remains unavailable in the Middle East’s most Westernised country. Amongst their powers are compiling lists of…

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Rabbi claims married couples cannot live together

November 30, 2016 0 comments

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Jewish married couples should not be allowed to live together if their marriage certificate is damaged or destroyed by fire, a senior rabbi claims. Areas of Israel have experienced horrendous wildfires this month. The area hit hardest was Haifa, the country’s third largest city. More than 500 apartments were completely destroyed, as were 77 other…

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Father who left Orthodox community ‘must see children’

November 29, 2016 0 comments

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A father of two who left his Orthodox religious community must be allowed to continue seeing his children , a Family Court Judge has ruled. The case concerned a former couple living in London. Their two children are still quite young.. After their separation, they lived with the mother. The whole family had practised  Satmar…

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NY rabbi involved in divorce ‘murder plot’

September 9, 2016 0 comments

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An ultra-Orthodox rabbi in New York has been charged with plotting the kidnap and murder of a man refusing to grant his wife a divorce. The rabbi and another man were arrested on Tuesday as they put together “a chilling plot to kidnap and murder the intended victim”, said US Attorney Preet Bharara. The original…

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Marriages, civil partnerships and a family wedding

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August 25, 2016 3 comments

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An interesting article in The Spectator  about the latest trend in marriage caught my eye this morning. It’s quite a prescient subject for me, coming as it does in the week my son finally took the plunge and married his fiancée and partner of some five years. The run-up to their weddings (yes, in the plural) has been filled with long months of planning. First off the civil ceremony, here in Harrogate, North…

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