Russian couple finally get divorce
Published 10/06/2014 | 02:57
A Russian couple have finally untied the knot more than two years after they thought that they had divorced.
Sergey Solovyev and Alexandra Solovyeva - who are both in their 30s and had lived in London - went through the ''formalities of divorce'' at the Russian Consulate in London in April 2012.
But last month a judge decided that proceedings at the consulate did not fulfil legal requirements in England.
Sir James Munby concluded, after a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, that the couple's divorce had been obtained in accordance with Russian law.
But he ruled that they were still married in the eyes of English law.
Mr Solovyev has now re-launched divorce proceedings in the High Court in London.
And Sir James, President of Family Division of the High Court - and the most senior family judge in England and Wales, has issued a divorce decree which will officially bring the marriage to an end under English law.
The judge was initially asked to consider the case after Mr Solovyev announced plans to re-marry in England.
UK authorities had questioned whether the consulate divorce proceedings could be recognised and Mr Solovyev had applied to the High Court for a ''declaration of marital status''.