Acrimonious divorce proceedings cost husband millions

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The acrimonious aftermath of a brief marriage cost a husband millions of dollars, the High Court has heard. Opening his judgement, Mr Justice Peel explained: “The parties were married for no more than about five months, and have no children. They are both in their fifties. Such cases should be easy to resolve. Not so here; the parties have litigated bitterly, at enormous cost and in minute forensic detail for over a year and a half.” The husband in this case was a US citizen, a successful software engineer who worked on the west coast of the United States. Meanwhile,…

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Couple’s foreign marriage should be annulled, family court rules

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A woman born in the Philippines cannot divorce her husband because their marriage was bigamous, a family court judge has ruled. The hearing, conducted remotely via Skype, concerned a couple who married in the Philippines in 2005 before later moving to the UK. The wife filed for divorce in July 2018. The husband countered, later the same year, with a claim that their marriage had been bigamous because the wife had still been legally married to another man at the time of their wedding. It should therefore be annulled he argued. In addition, the husband noted that their marriage certificate…

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Same sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland has become the final part of the UK to legalise same sex marriage, no less than five years after England, Wales and Scotland all did so in 2014. Same sex marriage will officially become legal in the Province on 13 January, with the first weddings expected to follow four weeks later, on 14 February. The legislation has taken an unusual route. The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019, which received royal assent in July, extended the available period for forming a new government in the region after the Northern Ireland Executive collapsed more than three years ago. When…

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Government considers civil partnership conversion for opposite sex couples

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Plans for the introduction of heterosexual civil partnerships have been published by the government. The publication follows a Supreme Court ruling in June last year that denying heterosexual couples the right to enter a civil partnership was in breach of human rights legislation. Civil partnerships were originally introduced in 2004 as alternative to marriage for use by same sex couples. But after the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, civil partnerships were left in place despite calls for their extension to heterosexual couples. The recently published Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 gave the…

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