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  • The main issue in this case was whether the 'marriage' – which lasted for 18 years and which produced 4 children and where all accepted them as husband and wife - in fact was to be treated in English law as not a marriage at all, not even one which could be declared void for failing to comply with the formalities of marriage. The judge found that it was a void marriage and the wife was thus entitled to a decree of nullity. Judgment, 06/08/2018, free
  • Husband's appeal against a ruling that a Syrian marriage was valid and that it was therefore open to the parties to pursue divorce proceedings in the United Kingdom. The appeal was dismissed. Judgment, 27/07/2017, free
  • Application by the wife of the deceased for a declaration that they were still lawfully married at the date of the deceased's death. The declaration was made. Judgment, 07/06/2017, free
  • Whether there was a valid marriage under English law Judgment, 16/06/2015, free
  • Appeal concerning whether the appellant, married under a Sharia ceremony, was a 'surviving spouse' for the purposes of the Rent Act 1977. Appeal dismissed but Vos LJ comments that the question might raise some difficult points of law requiring full argument before the court though that had not happened in this hearing. Judgment, 08/05/2014, free

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  • Whether there was a valid marriage under English law Case note, 16/06/2015, members only
  • Judgment concerning correct treatment of inherited wealth and post-separation accrual. Case note, 17/03/2015, members only
  • Decision on nature of a ceremony which took place in a Syriac Orthodox Church in Syria and whether the Petitioner was entitled to a decree of divorce, nullity or no remedy at all. A decree of nullity was made. Case note, 18/02/2014, free
  • LA seeking a declaration of non-recognition of a marriage which had taken place in Pakistan against the will of the girl, who was 14 at the time and soon after became pregnant. Case note, 14/01/2014, free
  • Application to appeal against a decree of nullity where the H had previously married under a customary ceremony and a church ceremony in Nigeria (a 'double decker' marriage) but where he and his first wife went through only a customary divorce. Held that a valid church marriage could not be dissolved merely by a customary ceremony of divorce and so the H was still married at the time of his second marriage. Case note, 15/08/2013, members only

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