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Limping marriages: a problem cured or hidden?

Gondal, S. (2021). Limping marriages: a problem cured or hidden?. Family Law, 51(Sept), pp. 1180-1186.


This article analyses the problem of ‘limping marriages’ in the UK. With no reliable data, the focus is on Muslim women as research suggests some may be impacted more than others, arising from their need for a religious divorce. It is argued that the law on the recognition of overseas divorces, the Family Law Act 1986, lacks clarity, leading to unjust outcomes for some and has thus failed in its policy aim to protect women. An argument for reform is made based on the rationale underlying private international law: justice between parties.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Lexis Nexis, 2021.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law
Departments: The City Law School > Professional Programmes
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