Akhter v Khan: Recognising (or not recognising) religious marriages in the UK – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted March 26th, 2020 in appeals, children, divorce, families, interpretation, islamic law, marriage, news by sally

‘Whether and how a religious marriage is recognised in law has profound consequences for couples and their children. This is the question at the heart of the Court of Appeal decision in Attorney General v Akhter and Khan [2020]. Here, the judges were faced with determining the status of a religious ceremony, conducted in a restaurant over 20 years ago – and in doing so, what family law rights the ‘wife’ has against her ‘husband’. In Akhter v Khan [2018] EWFC 54 the High Court argued for a novel solution to this question, through the law on null marriages. Widely praised for its pragmatism, the judge was able to avoid recognising their religious marriage as such, whilst still providing remedial protection to the ‘wife’ under Section 11 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. The Court of Appeal has now reversed this decision and re-asserted the orthodox rules on recognising religious marriages.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 17th March 2020

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Islamic Nikah ceremony and marriage validity – Family Law

Posted March 13th, 2020 in appeals, divorce, families, financial provision, Islam, islamic law, marriage, news by tracey

‘The case of Khan v Akhter has now been decided by the Court of Appeal. It received a huge amount of coverage in the legal press and beyond. In simple terms, the court has ruled that a couple who went through a religious-only wedding ceremony in the UK are neither validly married nor parties to a void marriage, overturning an earlier decision of the High Court.’

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Family Law, 12th March 2020

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Muslim Non-Marriages – Becket Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, divorce, Islam, islamic law, marriage, news by sally

‘In 1999, Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger separated and in a move heralding a long and acrimonious legal battle, Jagger sensationally released a public statement saying that he would be contesting Jerry Hall’s petition for divorce on the grounds that he and Jerry Hall were not and never had been married!’

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Becket Chambers, 17th February 2020

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Appeal Court rules Islamic marriages invalid in UK – BBC News

Posted February 17th, 2020 in appeals, divorce, Islam, islamic law, marriage, news by sally

‘A court has reversed a judgment from two years ago which found that a couple who had an Islamic wedding ceremony could legally divorce.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2020

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British women ‘being forced into polygamous relationships’ because law lets them down, campaigners say – The Independent

Posted November 25th, 2019 in islamic law, marriage, married persons, news, women by sally

‘British women are increasingly being pressured into polygamous relationships or left without child support when relationships break up because UK law does not offer adequate protection to spouses in religious marriages, campaigners have warned.’

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The Independent, 25th November 2019

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The House of Lords on marriages and sharia law – Law & Religion UK

Posted October 25th, 2019 in cohabitation, interpretation, islamic law, marriage, news, parliament, women by sally

‘The issue of unregistered religious marriages has come up once again in the House of Lords. On 23 October, Baroness Cox asked the Government:

“what progress they have made in implementing the first recommendation of The independent review into the application of sharia law in England and Wales, published in February 2018, in order to protect Muslim women in Islamic marriages which are not civilly registered.”’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th October 2019

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

Tafida Raqeeb: Brain-damaged girl can go abroad for treatment – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2019 in children, doctors, families, islamic law, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The parents of a brain-damaged girl will be allowed to take her abroad to continue her treatment, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2019

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Domestic violence before shari’a councils – Family Law

Posted February 28th, 2019 in dispute resolution, domestic violence, islamic law, news by tracey

‘Dr Naheed Wali Ghauri, an Associate Research Fellow at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London and non-stipendiary Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, discusses domestic violence before Shari’a councils and mediation under English and Islamic Forum.’

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Family Law, 28th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Blog: Divorce and the Muslim community – Family Law

‘Solicitor advocate and law writer David Burrows writes that to define a valid marriage in English law is by no means obvious.’

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Family Law, 7th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Financial Remedies and Divorce Update, September 2018 – Family Law Week

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during August 2018.’

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Family Law Week, 6th September 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Akhter v Khan: Islamic marriages and will disputes – Family Law

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in islamic law, marriage, news, wills by sally

‘A recent family law case has highlighted a hole in the legal protection of Islamic couples whose ‘marriage’ may be considered a void marriage in English law, or may not be a marriage at all.’

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Family Law, 30th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Void, Valid and Very Confusing – what is the status of Sharia Marriages in the UK? – Transparency Project

Posted August 6th, 2018 in islamic law, marriage, news by sally

‘The High Court here in London has recently considered the status of an islamic marriage, that did not comply with all the usual formalities required in England & Wales. It has generated a lot of confused and confusing headlines – the marriage has been reported as both valid and void, as ‘covered by’ English law (but not necessarily all islamic marriages) and as the first example of our courts recognising sharia law.’

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Transparency Project, 3rd August 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Akhter: legal consequences of an unregistered nikah ceremony – Law and Religion UK

Posted August 6th, 2018 in divorce, islamic law, marriage, news by sally

‘In Akhter v Khan [2018] EWFC 54, the couple had had a nikah ceremony in 1998 but had not registered the marriage under civil law. They had four children together. The petitioner, Nasreen Akhter, sought a divorce from Mohammed Shabaz Khan in November 2016. The husband (so called for convenience) defended the divorce on the basis that the parties had not entered a marriage valid according to English law; the wife (ditto) argued that the presumption of marriage arising out of cohabitation and reputation applied so as to validate the marriage. In the alternative, she averred that the marriage was a void marriage within section 11(a)(iii) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. There were two central questions: whether the parties were to be treated as a validly married under English law by operation of a presumption of marriage and, if not, was the marriage a void marriage susceptible to a decree of nullity.’

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Law and Religion UK, 3rd August 2018

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

English law applies to Islamic marriage, judge rules in divorce case – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in divorce, financial provision, Islam, islamic law, marriage, news by tracey

‘A high court judge has decided that a couple’s Islamic marriage falls within the scope of English matrimonial law, in a ruling that could have implications for thousands of Muslims in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2018

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Don’t use ‘cab rank’ system for burials, coroners to be told – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 14th, 2018 in burials and cremation, coroners, delay, islamic law, Judaism, news by sally

‘Coroners across the country are to be formally instructed to take into account the religious requirements of families when deciding whether to prioritise the burial of their dead, in the wake of a High Court ruling.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2018

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ECHR Articles 9 and 14 – Local Government Law

‘In R (Adath Yisroel Burial Society) v Senior Coroner for Inner North London (2018) EWHC 969 (Admin) a Divisional Court (Singh LJ and Whipple J) observed (paragraph 94) that in Eweida v UK the ECtHR emphasized the importance of the rights set out in Article 9, and stated that there are several things of importance to note about the terms of Article 9.’

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Local Government Law, 1st May 2018

Source: local-government-law.11kbw.com

Coroner defeated over controversial ‘cab-rank’ burial policy – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Divisional Court has ruled that the Senior Coroner for Inner North London acted unlawfully in adopting a policy that resulted in Jewish and Muslim families facing delays in the burials of family members, contrary to their religious beliefs. The policy was held to amount to an unlawful fetter upon her discretion, and also to be irrational, to breach Articles 9 and 14 of the ECHR and to amount to indirect discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010 (“EQA”).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st May 2018

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Coroner ordered to change ‘cab-rank’ burial release policy – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2018 in burials and cremation, coroners, islamic law, Judaism, news by tracey

‘A London coroner has been ordered by the High Court to change her “cab-rank” queuing policy for handling burials after it was ruled “unlawful”.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2018

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Coroner who refuses to let Jewish or Muslim burials skip the queue accused of breaching human rights – Daily Telegraph

‘A coroner who refuses to allow Jews or Muslims to skip the burial queue has been accused of breaching human rights laws at the High Court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Chief coroner considers ‘cab rank’ burial rule to be unlawful – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in burials and cremation, coroners, delay, islamic law, Judaism, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The law firm challenging a coroner’s policy of applying a “cab rank” rule for burials by refusing to prioritise them on religious grounds has welcomed what he describes as the chief coroner’s “support”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st March 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk