Archive for the 'marriage' Category

New rules for migrant church weddings – Daily Telegraph

“The tradition of reading church banns is to be dropped for migrant weddings as part of a new drive to combat bogus marriages.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 12th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Royal weddings: time to update the laws of saying ‘I do’? – The Guardian

“Prince William’s forthcoming marriage to Kate Middleton is unlikely to be beset by any legal confusion. But future Windsor weddings could easily be mired in controversy unless there are changes to the law, according to Professor Rebecca Probert from Warwick University, an expert on marriage law.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sheffield wedding party sentenced – UK Border Agency

“A wedding party arrested in Sheffield city centre last September as part of a nationwide crackdown have been jailed.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 22nd April 2011

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

New Push for LGB and T equality will allow civil partnerships in religious buildings – Home Office

“As part of its commitment to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people, the government will today announce that religious buildings will be allowed to host civil partnership registrations.”

Full press release

Home Office, 17th February 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Gay marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships may soon be welcomed – The Guardian

“Gay and lesbian couples could soon win the right to marry, and straight couples be given the right to form civil partnerships.
The equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, has disclosed that the government intends to consult over how marriage laws in England and Wales can be further reformed, despite strong opposition from some religious groups.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Marriage laws explained – Daily Telegraph

“Getting married isn’t quite a simple as saying ‘I do’: here is a breakdown of the myriad laws surrounding matrimony.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Night-time weddings to be allowed – BBC News

“Night-time weddings will be able to take place in future under plans outlined by the government.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R (Aguilar Quila) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe and another intervening); R (Bibi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

R (Aguilar Quila) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe and another intervening); R (Bibi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 1482; [2010] WLR (D) 341

“R 277 of the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, which prevented entry clearance to a party to a marriage where one spouse was a United Kingdom citizen and either party was aged under 21 years, was a disproportionate inhibition on family and private life and on the right to marry, guaranteed by arts 8 and 12 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 22nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

European court urged to end UK marriage ‘apartheid’ – The Guardian

“Campaigners launch legal challenge in attempt to change legislation that prevents gay couples from getting married.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts v Yemoh and others – WLR Daily

Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts v Yemoh and others [2010] WLR (D) 334

“Polygamous marriages contracted in accordance with the customary law of Ghana were recognised for the purposes of succession to real estate in England and Wales.”

WLR Daily, 16th December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Heterosexual couple make second attempt for civil partnership – The Guardian

“A heterosexual couple will request a civil partnership – available only to same-sex couples in the UK – at a register office in London tomorrow, to take a stand against a system which they say ‘segregates couples according to their sexuality’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lesbian couple vow to take battle for same-sex marriage to court – Daily Telegraph

“A lesbian couple have pledged to go to court in an attempt to overturn the ban on same-sex marriages after a register office refused to grant them a civil licence.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Couples bid to overturn gay marriage law – The Guardian

“Peter Tatchell plans legal challenge in campaign by gay and mixed-sex couples calling for the same type of union.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sham marriage gang jailed for 14 years – UK Border Agency

“Seven people involved in a large scale sham marriage scam to try and beat UK immigration rules have been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 30th September 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Seven jailed over sham marriages scam – The Independent

“Seven members of a gang who organised sham weddings for illegal immigrants were jailed today (28 September).”

Full story

The Independent, 28th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Couple jailed over sham marriage in Lancashire – BBC News

“The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has said it is committed to tackling sham marriages after a couple were jailed for staging a ceremony in Lancashire.”

Full story

BBC News, 15th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Church of England vicar jailed over sham marriages – UK Border Agency

“A Church of England vicar was today among 3 men jailed for staging hundreds of sham marriages in East Sussex. Reverend Alex Brown was found guilty of conspiring to facilitate breaches in immigration law in July alongside 2 other men, Ukrainian national Vladymyr Buchak and lawyer Michael Adelasoye, following an 8 week trial.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 6th September 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Two vicars held over suspected sham marriages – The Guardian

“Two clergymen suspected of officiating over sham marriages were arrested by immigration officers today [3rd August].”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Three found guilty over sham marriage scam – UK Border Agency

“Three men, including a vicar, have today been found guilty of being behind a massive scam to organise hundreds of sham marriages in East Sussex.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 29th July 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

‘Gay couples will get equal right to marry’ – Daily Telegraph

“The Coalition will give homosexual couples the same legal rights to marriage as heterosexuals, a senior Liberal Democrat has said.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prenuptial agreements on rise amongst younger men – The Guardian

“Prenuptial agreements are becoming the norm among a generation of financially secure men who are rejecting the more romantic notions of their fathers.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woman who had sex change wins legal right to pension at 60 – The Guardian

“A woman who had a sex-change operation 10 years ago has won her battle to receive a pension from the age of 60. Christine Timbrell was born Christopher Timbrell in 1941, but had surgery to change her gender in 2000.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man jailed after UK Border Agency foils sham marriage – UK Border Agency

“A bogus groom has been jailed at Leeds Crown Court for 12 months after plotting to stage a sham marriage.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 11th June 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Vicar ‘married hundreds in fraudulent ceremonies’ – The Independent

“An Anglican vicar deliberately breached Britain’s immigration laws by conducting hundreds of sham marriages between Africans and Europeans, a court heard yesterday.”

Full story

The Independent, 11th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

English rules tightened for immigrant partners – BBC News

“Ministers are bringing forward to the autumn measures requiring many immigrants marrying UK citizens to prove they have a command of English.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Changes to the Immigration Rules – minimum age for armed forces marriage visas – UK Border Agency

“Today the Immigration Rules relating to marriage visas have changed for serving members of the armed forces.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 6th April 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Rapist avoids deportation so that he can marry in Britain – Daily Telegraph

“A convicted rapist facing deportation has won a High Court battle to be allowed to stay in the country to get married.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 30th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Government insists vicars will not be sued for refusing ‘gay marriages’ in churches – Daily Telegraph

“Ministers have assured clergy that they will not face legal action if they refuse to carry out new ‘gay weddings’ in churches.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Marriage (Wales) Act 2010

Marriage (Wales) Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Man who tried to ‘sell’ sister to Chinese man jailed – BBC News

“A man who admitted trying to ‘sell’ his vulnerable sister into a sham marriage as part of a Chinese immigration scam has been jailed.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Migrant marriage teenagers lose High Court battle – BBC News

“A couple have lost a High Court battle against a government immigration policy aimed at combating forced marriages.”

Full story

BBC News, 7th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bogus bride jailed for part in fake marriage scam – UK Border Agency

“A Jamaican woman who took part in a massive marriage scam in the West Midlands was today sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Birmingham Crown Court.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

R (Abdullah) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

R (Abdullah) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] WLR (D) 185

“Directions for the removal of a person who had no right to remain in the United Kingdom following the dismissal of his claim for asylum were not suspended by virtue of s 78 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and reg 29 of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 by reason of there being pending an appeal against the refusal of his application for a residence card under reg 17 of those regulations.”

WLR Daily, 16th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Judge calls for action to stop British ‘epidemic’ of family breakdown – The Times

“A national commission should be created to tackle Britain’s ‘epidemic’ of family breakdown, a senior judge said yesterday.”

Full story

The Times, 17th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Wedding’ was not legal marriage – BBC News

“A High Court judge in London has ruled that a ‘wedding’ in South Africa – complete with priest, trousseau and reception – was not a legal marriage.”

Full story

BBC News, 5th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Marriage visa age to rise later this month – UK Border Agency

“The age at which someone can apply for a marriage visa will increase from 18 to 21 from the end of this month, the Government announced today.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 4th November 2008

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Regina (Baiai and Another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Regina (Baiai and Another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

House of Lords

“Speeches July 30, 2008 The statutory scheme requiring the permission of the Secretary of State for the Home Department for marriage by people who were subject to immigration control or were illegal entrants was disproportionate and infringed the right to marry protected by article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The Times, 13th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

New Sharia law marraige contract gives Muslim women rights – Daily Telegraph

“Muslim women are to be guaranteed equal rights in marriage under a new wedding contract negotiated by leading Islamic organisations and clerics in Britain.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

R (Baiai and another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Nos 1 and 2); R (Bigoku and another) v Same; R (Tilki) v Same (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and another intervening) – WLR Daily

R (Baiai and another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Nos 1 and 2); R (Bigoku and another) v Same; R (Tilki) v Same (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and another intervening) [2008] UKHL 53; [2008] WLR (D) 272

The statutory scheme requiring the Secretary of State’s permission for marriage by people who were subject to immigration control or were illegal entrants was disproportionate and infringed the right to marry protected by art 12 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, scheduled to the Human Rights Act 1998.”

WLR Daily, 31st July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR sereis the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.


Sham wedding powers ruled illegal – BBC News

“Law Lords have ruled the home secretary cannot use controversial powers to stop sham marriages as they discriminate against foreigners in the UK.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Church of England Marriage Measure 2008

Church of England Marriage Measure 2008 published

Full text (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Westminster City Council v IC and Others – Times Law Reports

Westminster City Council v IC and Others

Court of Appeal

“A judge did not have jurisdiction to make a declaration that a marriage based on lack of consent was not valid under English law, since such a marriage was voidable and not void ab intitio; the judge should have declared that the marriage was not recognised as a valid marriage in this jurisdiction.”

The Times, 3rd April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Westminster City Council v IC (a protected party by his litigation friend) and others – WLR Daily

Westminster City Council v IC (a protected party by his litigation friend) and others [2008] EWCA Civ 198; [2008] WLR (D) 92

A judge did not have jurisdiction to make a declaration that a marriage based on lack of consent was not valid under English law, since such a marriage was voidable and not void ab intitio. The judge should have declared that the marriage was not recognised as a valid marriage in this jurisdiction.”

WLR Daily, 20th March 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Judges reject Islamic ‘phone marriage’ with woman in Bangladesh – The Times

“Three senior appeal judges have refused to recognise an ‘over the telephone’ Muslim marriage between an autistic British man and a woman in Bangladesh — even though the union is valid according to sharia or Islamic law.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Top judges in key ruling on sharia marriage – The Guardian

“Three senior judges are to rule on the legality of an arranged marriage conducted in the UK under sharia law, a judgment that could have profound consequences for British Muslims.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court annuls marriage between twins separated at birth – The Guardian

“Twins who were separated at birth and later married each other without realising they were brother and sister have had their marriage annulled by the high court’s family division, it emerged yesterday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lesbian admits ‘marriage’ charge – BBC News

“A woman has admitted entering into a civil partnership with her lesbian partner while she was still married.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Baiai and Others) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Migrants’ marriage rule bias is disproportionate

Regina (Baiai and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Court of Appeal

“The statutory scheme requiring permission by the Home Office for marriage by people subject to immigration control or those who had entered the UK illegally contravened articles 12 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights guaranteeing the right to marry and prohibiting discrimination for nationality or religion.”

The Times, 26th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

‘Problem break-ups’ of online couples – Daily Telegraph

“The marriages of couples who meet on the internet are posing a problem for the courts when they go wrong, a senior judge said yesterday.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2007

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

R (Baia and another) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

R (Baia and another v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

“The statutory scheme requiring permission by the Home Office for marriage by people subject to immigration control or those who had entered the United Kingdom illegally contravened arts 12 and 14 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which guaranteed the right to marry and the right not to be discriminated against for reasons of nationality or religion.”

WLR Daily, 23rd May 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Rules on sham marriage ‘unlawful’ – BBC News

“Controversial immigration rules aimed at stopping sham marriages are unlawful, says the Court of Appeal.” 

Full story

BBC News, 23rd May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law to prevent forced marriages moves closer – The Guardian

“New measures to protect women from forced marriage could become law by the end of the year, after the government yesterday confirmed it would back the bill.”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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