Matrimonial law



England: Islamic religious marriage ruled invalid under marriage law

A landmark ruling that a couple’s Islamic marriage falls within the scope of English marriage law but is void has been overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Published 17 February 2020

Divorce law to be brought into effect from Sunday

Legislation to reduce the requirement for spouses to live apart for a minimum of four years out of the preceding five before they can be granted a divorce will be commenced on Sunday.

Published 29 November 2019

Oireachtas approves bill to reduce minimum living apart period before divorce

Legislation to reduce the minimum period that couples seeking a divorce are required to live apart has passed all stages in the Oireachtas.

Published 24 October 2019

Human rights commission argues marriages of convenience are not voided

A marriage is not void in law just because the Minister of Justice has found it to be a marriage of convenience, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told the Supreme Court.

Published 23 October 2019

Scottish academics design board game to explain law on marriage

Scottish legal academics are developing a board game to help the public negotiate the complex legal world of marriage.

Published 10 September 2019

ECtHR: Greek authorities should not have annulled man's marriage to ex-wife's sister

A couple whose marriage was annulled by the Greek courts because the husband had previously been married to the wife's sister suffered a violation of their article 12 rights, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled.

Published 6 September 2019

Number of humanist weddings rises dramatically following court ruling

The number of humanist wedding ceremonies in Northern Ireland has risen dramatically, with three times as many humanist ceremonies expected to take place this year as were held last year.

Published 27 August 2019