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Family Matters

Issue 2: September 2020

Family Matters

The Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act 2020

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act received Royal Assent on 25 June 2020, albeit it is not expected the new regime created by the Act will be implemented before autumn 2021.


Attorney General v Akhter [2020] EWCA Civ 122 – Marriage did not take place despite promises made by husband

At first instance in this widely-publicised case, Williams J held that, despite the parties having known that the ceremony they went through wasn't a valid marriage, the circumstances of the relationship, including the parties having described themselves as married and the respondent's assurances to the petitioner that they would undergo a civil ceremony meant that, applying the European Convention on Human Rights, there was a void marriage.

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