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20th September 2018

Options for those in Islamic Marriages not recognised by UK law

Following on from Jennifer McNeil’s blog of the 13th August 2018 regarding whether an Islamic marriage and or divorce can be recognised in an English court. If having taken advice it becomes apparent that your Islamic marriage is not recognised in England then in the event of a separation you may still depending upon your continue reading…

13th August 2018

Is my Nikah valid in the UK?

The recent case of Akhter v Khan [2018] EWFC 54 has caused widespread confusion on the question of whether an Islamic marriage not followed by a civil ceremony, is recognised as a legal marriage in the UK. Despite the reports from a number of media sources, interested groups and misinformed family lawyers suggesting that such continue reading…

6th August 2018

NEW Supreme Court Ruling – Divorce Owens-Owens

In a Judgement delivered on the 25th July 2018, the Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of a wife, Mrs Owens, seeking to divorce her husband of 39 years, Mr Owens for his unreasonable behaviour. Mrs Owens will now need to wait until 2020, at which point the parties will have been separated for 5 continue reading…

18th September 2017

Grounds for Divorce: Unreasonable Behaviour. Subjective or Objective?

The recent case of Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182 has been subject to much controversy; in short due to a judge refusing to grant a wife of almost 40 years a Decree Nisi as he did not agree that what she described to be her husband’s unreasonable behaviour, was unreasonable. The Judge felt continue reading…

15th August 2017

DIY Divorces: The considerations

When a married couple make the difficult decision to separate, the vast majority wish for matters to be dealt with quickly and amicably. Some believe that to involve solicitors will unduly complicate matters and lead to an increase in the costs and so revert to online companies for assistance. Last year ex-footballer Gary Lineker was continue reading…