This will be more complicated than I think I''m sure so listen to what Jonathan said rather than my ramble
As I understand it the marriage does not need to be registered just to be recognized which it is under the eu regs, once that is established jurisdiction will be granted on your (and his) habitual residence.
The divorce can be granted by court even if an imam has not, it is more complicated with Jewish divorce but that''s not your problem.
Many come from India and Pakistan and don''t register their marriage, they don''t need to it''s recognized under the law, civil law is all that matters in court.
could you not get a divorce , on grounds of unreasonable behavior. for sure when you came to UK you got a visa as a spouse , secondly UK has no polygamy, bigamy is not allowed allowed, so could this not be a straight forward case of divorce,
Still awaiting news on the adjournment which is being decided by the Judge...
kasuku, That is exactly the grounds I have gone for and I was under the same impression but it has been anything but straight forward! I suppose it depends on who you have to deal with and in my case he has made things as difficult as he possibly can:(
you will win, i think he is on thin ice and is trying to fool the British judicial system, may be thats why he has gone sick. i am sure there must be some documentary evidence somewhere that you are his wife, down the line that should help. benefits any thing, old immigration letters home office letters.
Thanks for the post Kasuku and the encouraging words, I really appreciate it.
Just to let you know he managed to get the hearing adjourned with a GP letter which looks genuine. I am waiting for the court to let me know the new date.
Just to confirm my problem is not to prove I am his legal wife. He has admitted this on several occasions in his statements to the courts and the court has accepted that I am his legal wife of more than 32 years.
His argument is that the marriage certificate I have provided to court does not contain all the conditions by which we were married. One of these conditions, he claims, clearly sets out that he is able to take other "temporary wives" and I have accepted this when I signed this contract 32 years ago. Therefore I cannot argue now that this is unreasonable, which the basis for my divorce application.
What he claims is simply not true. I have provided the copy of the original marriage certificate, as he has the original but claims I destroyed it. No such condition existed in our marriage contract and if it did I would never agree to any such condition that he can take other partners whilst he''s married to me and as far as I am concerned he has committed adultery.