UK court recognises Sharia Law in divorce case

A High Court judge has ruled that an estranged couple’s Islamic faith marriage falls under British matrimonial law meaning the wife will be able to bring her case to the divorce court and claim her share of the assets of her marriage. Nasreen Akhter wanted to divorce Mohammed Shabaz Khan, her husband of 20 years, but he blocked it, arguing that the couple were not married under English law. Hazel Wright, a partner in the family law team at Hunters Solicitors said the ruling meant “those who would have been outside the scope of the law to help them can seek compensation in the courts if their spouse has deliberately refused to have a civil ceremony after a religious ceremony.”

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Posted 02/08/2018