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July 2, 2020

Thousands of Muslim couples are thought to be taking part in Islamic wedding ceremonies each year in the UK without realising that their marriage may not be officially recognised under the law.

This can have serious consequences if they later wish to divorce because the...

October 1, 2018

The government is being urged to introduce major changes to divorce laws to reduce the stress and difficulties faced by couples when their marriage breaks down.

A private member’s bill put forward by Baroness Butler-Sloss proposes a system of no-fault divorce.

It would b...

September 27, 2018

Few misconceptions about the law have caused as much heartache as the myth of common law marriage.

There are more than three million cohabiting couples in the UK and according to recent research, more than half of them believe they have the same legal rights as married...

September 12, 2018

There has been a huge rise in the number of couples citing “unreasonable behaviour” as grounds for obtaining a quick divorce.

Researchers at Oxford University found that the number of divorces granted to wives because of unreasonable behaviour rose from 17% in 1971 to 5...

July 28, 2018

The Supreme Court has “reluctantly” ruled against a woman seeking a divorce to free her from what she describes as a loveless marriage.

The five justices said they had misgivings about dismissing her appeal and have asked Parliament to consider reforming the divorce law...

July 26, 2018

Several leading judges and lawyers have backed a campaign in the Times newspaper for sweeping reforms to divorce law, which they describe as “unjust and outdated”.

The campaign calls for the following changes:

  • Scrapping of fault-based divorce laws, allowing divorce w...

June 26, 2018

The Court of Appeal says a prenuptial agreement between a divorcing couple should be upheld even though the wife claimed she had not been properly advised about its implications when it was drawn up.

The case involved a husband and wife who were both Swedish but spent m...

May 16, 2018

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be one the main events of the year with millions of people across the world wishing them every happiness.

The romance between them is plain to see, but should the couple also be considering some more practical matters?

M...

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