Islamic ‘marriage’ ruling leads to calls for law change

17 Feb 2020

An Islamic ‘marriage’ declared a non-marriage by the appeal court and therefore invalid, means the purported wife cannot make a financial claim. 

In Her Majesty's Attorney General v Akhter and Khan, a Nikah (Islamic marriage ceremony) took place in 1998 in the UK. 

The couple planned to have a civil marriage ceremony but it never happened, though both parties knew that in order to contract a legal marriage they had to go through a civil ceremony.

The wife petitioned for divorce in 2016 relying on the presumption of marriage. Alternatively, she sought to have the ‘marriage’ annulled.

The Court of Appeal c...

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