Lawyers expect to see a surge in divorce applications tomorrow as no-fault divorce rules come into effect in England and Wales. Couples will no longer have to allocate blame to end their marriage, nor separate for at least two years.
The divorce settlement that the ruler of Dubai has been ordered to make with his wife is the highest ever in an English court – standing at £554 million. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, 72, posed a serious risk to his former wife Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, 47, who fled to Lond
Belief marriages overseen by humanist celebrants would have equal legal status with religious marriage under plans put out to consultation in Northern Ireland. The Department of Finance is seeking feedback on a number of changes to marriage laws, including an increase in the minimum age for marriage
A new private member's bill by Conservative MP Sajid Javid would raise the age at which people can marry to 18, in an effort to tackle forced marriage. The former chancellor's bill would end the current regime under which 16-year-olds can marry with their parents' consent.
Divorce lawyers have reported a sharp fall in inquiries mentioning adultery during the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside a sharp rise in inquiries mentioning "bad behaviour". London firm Vardags said inquiries mentioning adultery declined by 63 per cent during England's latest lockdown, but those citing
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are becoming more prominent in divorce proceedings as parties use them to hide their wealth, an English divorce lawyer has said. Ayesha Vardag, who acted for the successful party in Radmacher v Granatino, which reshaped the law on pre-nups in England and Wales, said
Family lawyer Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, examines the issue of equality in divorce settlements. It is 20 years since the House of Lords handed down the seminal judgement of White v White, which decided that, when determining each spouse’s contribution to the ma
Legislation has come into effect in Northern Ireland allowing civil partnerships to be converted into marriages and vice versa. Under The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020, same-sex couples can for the first time convert their civil partnerships into marriage
Government ministers have approved plans to legislate for the recognition of UK divorces after expiry of the Brexit transition period. Justice Minister Helen McEntee said: "I am conscious that in the absence of an agreement to the contrary, EU law will no longer apply to legal proceedings involving
Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland can have religious wedding ceremonies from today as new regulations come into force. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 removes the prohibition on religious marriage of same-sex couples from 1 September 2020.
The Court of Appeal has affirmed the judgment of the High Court refusing family reunification where the applicant's marriage was, at the time of contracting, actually polygamous. The ruling in I.H. (Afghanistan) v. Minister for Justice and Equality  IECA 241 marks the latest occasion on which
A marriage is not void in law just because the Minister of Justice has found it to be a marriage of convenience, the Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark judgment. In his judgment, Mr Justice William McKechnie said a determination by the minister under certain regulations "does not have the effect
Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will be allowed to have religious wedding ceremonies under new regulations laid in Westminster yesterday. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 will remove the prohibition on religious marriage of same-sex couples from 1 September
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has come under pressure to allow same-sex couples in Northern Ireland to have religious marriages and convert their existing civil partnerships to a marriage. Same-sex marriage became legal in Northern Ireland on Monday 13 January under the Northern Ireland (