A court has reversed a judgment from two years ago which found that a couple who had an Islamic wedding ceremony could legally divorce.
The High Court ruled in 2018 that the couple’s Islamic “nikah” ceremony fell within English marriage law.
But the Court of Appeal has now said it was an “invalid” non-legal ceremony.
Judges said the fact they intended to have a further civil ceremony meant they must have known their Islamic marriage had no legal effect in the UK.
The Attorney General appealed against the original court decision.
The case involved the divorce of Nasreen Akhter and Mohammed Shabaz Khan, who have four children.
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