Marriage in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • IS (marriages of convenience) Serbia
    • Asylum and Immigration Tribunal
    • 18 Dec 2007

    The need to do so only arises where there are factors which support suspicions for believing the marriage is one of convenience. Translated into the technical language of the English law of procedure and evidence, that means that there is an evidential burden on the respondent. If there is no evidence that could support a conclusion that the marriage is one of convenience, the appellant does not have to deal with the issue.

  • Miller v Miller (Short Marriage: Clean break)
    • House of Lords
    • 24 May 2006

    The parties' matrimonial home, even if this was brought into the marriage at the outset by one of the parties, usually has a central place in any marriage. So it should normally be treated as matrimonial property for this purpose. As already noted, in principle the entitlement of each party to a share of the matrimonial property is the same however long or short the marriage may have been.

  • Luciara Machado Rosa v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 15 Jan 2016

    It may be useful to contrast a marriage of convenience with a "genuine" marriage (indeed, Underhill LJ treated them as antonyms at paragraph 6 of his judgment in Agho), but the focus in relation to a marriage of convenience should be on the intention of the parties at the time the marriage was entered into, whereas the question whether a marriage is "subsisting" looks to whether the marital relationship is a continuing one.

  • R (Mahmood) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 08 Dec 2000

    If the established rule is to the effect —as it is —that a person seeking rights of residence here on grounds of marriage (not being someone who already enjoys a leave, albeit limited, to remain in the UK) must obtain an entry clearance in his country of origin, then a waiver of that requirement in the case of someone who has found his way here without an entry clearance and then seeks to remain on marriage grounds, having no other legitimate claim to enter, would in the absence of exceptional circumstances to justify the waiver, disrupt and undermine firm immigration control because it would be manifestly unfair to other would-be entrants who are content to take their place in the entry clearance queue in their country of origin.

  • Hyman v Hyman
    • House of Lords
    • 30 Apr 1929

    However this may be, it is sufficient for the decision of the present case to hold, as I do, that the power of the Court to make provision for a wife on the dissolution of her marriage is a necessary incident of the power to decree such a dissolution, conferred not merely in the interests of the wife, but of the public, and that the wife cannot by her own covenant preclude herself from invoking the jurisdiction of the Court or preclude the Court from the exercise of that jurisdiction.

  • Poel v Poel
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 24 Jul 1970

    The way in which the parent who properly has custody of a child may choose in a reasonable manner to order his or her way of life is one of those things which the parent who has not been given custody may well have to bear, eventhough one has every sympathy with the latter on some of the results.

  • Kareem (Proxy Marriages - EU Law) [Asylum and Immigration Tribunal]
    • Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
    • 16 Jan 2014

    It should be assumed that, without independent and reliable evidence about the recognition of the marriage under the laws of the EEA country and/or the country where the marriage took place, the Tribunal is likely to be unable to find that sufficient evidence has been provided to discharge the burden of proof. It should be assumed that, without independent and reliable evidence about the recognition of the marriage under the laws of the EEA country and/or the country where the marriage took place, the Tribunal is likely to be unable to find that sufficient evidence has been provided to discharge the burden of proof.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • The Common Law Marriage
    • Nbr. 22-4, July 1959
    • The Modern Law Review
  • When is a Polygamous Marriage Not a Polygamous Marriage ?
    • Nbr. 46-5, September 1983
    • The Modern Law Review
  • Marriage rows.
    • Nbr. 2000, December 2000
    • Financial Management (UK)
    • Tavakoli, Iraj
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  • Who Benefits from Marriage?*
    • Nbr. 71-1, February 2009
    • Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
    The phenomenon that married men earn higher average wages than unmarried men – the marriage premium – is well known. However, the robustness of the premium across the wage distribution and the unde...
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