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Family law update

Void marriages, Child funding

By Rebecca Dziobon

8 September 2006

Two cases merit particular attention in this quarter’s Family Law Update. The first one, NS v MI [2006] EWHC 1646 (Fam) raised the issue of voidness of marriage on the grounds of duress. The second, Re S (a child), was concerned with appropriate fund for a child.

NS v MI [2006] EWHC 1646 (Fam)

Marriage voidable on the grounds of duress

Facts

When N was 16 years old, her parents had taken her from the UK (where she was born and raised) to a remote part of Pakistan. They told N that she was going there on holiday. While in Pakistan, N realised that the purpose of the visit was to be married. N confronted her mother about her suspicions regarding the purpose of her visit, but her mother would not confirm (or deny) her suspicions. She would not allow N to return to the UK insisting that they await the arrival of N’s father. The date of N’s return ticket passed and, after 8 ...

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