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Islamic marriage ruled valid under English law

Posted by on August 22nd 2018 in Blog Posts, Family

Islamic marriage ruled valid under English law

In a ruling which could have far reaching implications a High Court Judge has ruled that an Islamic faith Marriage constituted a valid marriage ceremony under English Law

Nasreen Akhter and Mohammed Shabaz Khan had an Islamic marriage ceremony known as a Nikah in 1998.

Akhter and Khan became estranged and Akhter decided to make an application for a divorce after 20 years of marriage. Akhter argued that the Nikah ceremony constituted a valid marriage and she was therefore entitled to a divorce. Khan opposed the divorce stating that the Nikah did not constitute a legal marriage under English Law and was...

Deathbed Marriages

Posted by on August 22nd 2018 in Blog Posts, Family, Private Client

A coalition of legal organisations call on the Government to increase protections for cohabiting couples following a rise in deathbed marriages

In a letter to the Guardian a coalition of legal organisations and charities including Resolution, the Bar Council, the Law Society, Relate, Rights of Women, OnlyMums and OnlyDads have urged ministers to tackle the myth of common law marriage and update legislation.

Cohabiting couples

Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK. Two thirds of cohabiting couples do not know that there is no such thing as common law marriage. Cohabiting couples often mistakenly believe that they...

Owens v Owens [2018]: Wife's appeal to divorce husband fails

Posted by on July 27th 2018 in Blog Posts, Family

Owens v Owens [2018]: Wife's appeal to divorce husband fails

The Supreme Court has ruled that a woman seeking to divorce her husband must remain married to him until 2020.

Mr and Mrs Owens were married in 1978 and have two adult children. In May 2015 Mrs Owens filed a divorce petition which is the subject of the current proceedings. The petition was based on s.1 (2)(b) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and alleged that the marriage has broken down irretrievably as Mr Owens had behaved in such a way that Mrs Owens could not reasonably be expected to live with him.  Mr Owens refused to consent to a...

Cohabitation: Property Ownership Rights Following a Break Up

Posted by on January 8th 2018 in Blog Posts, Family

Cohabitation: Property Ownership Rights Following a Break Up

It is a common myth that couples who live together for a long period of time have the same rights as married couples, this is often referred to as a ‘common law marriage’. In fact the concept of ‘common law marriage’ has no legal validity in the UK, you are either married or you are not. So where do cohabiting couples property rights stand following the breakdown of a relationship?

Unmarried couples have no guaranteed rights to ownership of each other’s property. Where a relationship breaks down and the couple are unmarried the court has to resolve questions of property ownership...

Bereavement Damages - Battle Won for Unmarried Couples

Posted by on January 8th 2018 in Blog Posts, Family

Jakki Smith has won a legal battle against the Government and established better rights for unmarried couples.

Jakki Smith took the Government to court for breaching her human rights and denying her bereavement damages. Jakki had been in a long term relationship with her partner John Bulloch for 16 years. John fell ill whilst on holiday in Turkey after having a benign tumour removed from his foot; a post operative infection had been missed by medical staff.

Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 a fixed sum of £12,980 can be claimed in statutory damages if a person dies as a result of...

Released Today: Entitlement for Free Childcare

Posted by on September 1st 2017 in Blog Posts, Family

UPDATE: Childcare Act 2016 – Entitlement to Free Childcare from Today

The Childcare Act 2016 (Commencement No 2) Regulations 2017 (the “Regulations”) were made on 19 July 2017. The Regulations bring into force sections 1(1) and section 6 of the Childcare Act 2016 (the “Act”) on 1 September 2017, which increase free childcare entitlement for parents. 

Currently, parents of three or four year old children in England get 15 hours per week of free childcare. The Act and Regulations effectively double eligible parents’ entitlement to free childcare for their child, meaning they will be entitled...

Can a Judgment be delivered by way of a letter to a child?

Posted by on August 30th 2017 in Blog Posts, Family

Can a Judgment be delivered by way of a letter to a child?

In Re A (Letter to a Young Person) (Rev 1) [2017] EWFC 48, a 14 year old child instructed his own solicitor and made an application to relocate to Scandinavia with his father. In the alternative he applied for more contact with his father and if his father relocated without him then he wished for some clarity regarding the contact arrangements. He was considered competent to make the application himself but his father subsequently proceeded with the application.

There were legal arguments over whether the child would give oral evidence – he and his father wanted him to do so; the...

UK First: Requesting to the Court of Another Country

Posted by on August 4th 2017 in Blog Posts, Family

UK First: Requesting to the Court of Another Country

Kitsons Family Law Solicitor, Carolyn Croft, has been involved in a UK first - involving the power to submit a request to the court of another country for authorisation to exercise jurisdiction under Article 9 of the 1996 Hague Convetion.

The case included disputes surrounding the living and contact arrangements for two boys (A & B) after their parents' separation. After separating in July 2014 the mother who is originally from Norway, wanted to go back to her home country with both children. The English family court had concluded in 2015 with the mother consenting for one of the children...

Preventing the Sale of Marital Property on Divorce

Posted by on July 28th 2017 in Blog Posts, Family, Litigation, Property

S39(1) Senior Courts Act 1981 (“the Act”) allows the Court to make an order requiring a person to execute a conveyance, contract or document. If that person fails to execute such documents then a person nominated by the Court can sign on behalf of that person if they neglect or refuse to comply with the order or they cannot be found.

In the case of Welch v Welch [2017] Mr Welch obtained an order  which required his wife to sign the Conveyancing documentation in the sale of their property (a property in which Mrs Welch only held a 1% beneficial ownership). Despite the...

Woman could win cash payout 20 years after divorce

Posted by on March 12th 2015 in Blog Posts, Family

It has been reported in the news this week, that the Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by a former wife to enable her to bring a claim for a financial remedy 20 years after the parties divorced.  Lord Wilson said in his judgment that “the omission from the Family Procedure Rules of a power to grant summary judgment was deliberate” and therefore the draconian power to strike out a case in family proceedings does not exist.

This judgment does not automatically open the door to all prospective claimants but does emphasise the power of the Court to consider...

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