Family law news around the world

Family Law|November 14th 2014

It’s been a very busy week for Stowe Family Law. Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe appeared in The Times to talk about the importance of arbitration, and wrote an article for the Yorkshire Post to discuss how to approach sperm donation.

As regular readers will know, we also try to cast our eyes outside of the British Isles to find interesting family law stories from around the globe. Here are a few that grabbed our attention this week.

A girl in Saudi Arabia has won her court battle to have her marriage license declared null and void after she was ‘tricked’ by her father.

The 17 year-old had agreed to an arranged marriage when her father introduced her to a young man in his twenties. She was told he was the intended groom. However, upon reading the marriage contract she noticed that the actual intended husband was a man in his nineties living in the Saudi city of Medina.

Horrified, the girl fled her home and called the police. The case was taken to a Saudi court which ruled in her favour.

In the United States, the former wife of billionaire oil tycoon Harold Hamm is objecting to the award of almost $1 billion in her divorce settlement. Sue Ann Hamm said that the $995.4 million she was initially awarded was not enough, as it did not take into account the 25 she had spent as her husband’s “faithful partner in family and business”.

In other divorce news from across the pond, it seems as though Reno, Nevada is becoming a divorce hotspot for South Korean couples. The western state’s rules stipulate that someone seeking a divorce only has to live there for six weeks before they are eligible to apply for one. Upon their return to South Korea, the split can be legally recognised.

Finally, a same-sex couple in Russia have exploited a legal loophole which has allowed them to have the country’s first LGBT wedding. The Saint Petersburg couple managed to take advantage of the fact that one of the two brides was legally recognised as a man. Faced with the choice of recognising her acquired gender or allowing the couple to marry, the local registry office chose the latter.

Photo by Mark Doliner via Flickr

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