11 January 2021
Family Courts can end a marriage in two ways:
1.) By a decree absolute of divorce, which ends a valid marriage; 2.) Or by a decree of nullity, which finds that the marriage was not valid in the first place.
The reasons for declaring a marriage legally invalid include: Either party being under the age of 16 Either party being already married The parties are prohibited from marrying, for example father and daughter.
Voidable marriages are those: Which are not consummated, Where one party was suffering from an infectious venereal disease, Or where the woman was pregnant by someone else at the time of the marriage. Family courts can also grant a judicial separation, which does not dissolve the marriage but recognises that the parties no longer live together.
[You can read more at the Judiciary website, through this link.]( https://www.judiciary.uk/you-and-the-judiciary/going-to-court/family-law-courts/)