*Baron v Baron and other cases

Divorce – Procedure. The Queen's Proctor succeeded, in part, in his application to set aside decrees nisi and absolute of divorce in four different cases, on the ground that the decrees were null and void due to their non-compliance with s 3(1) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. The Family Court, in allowing the application in respect of three of the four cases, ruled that Butler v Butler (Queen's Proctor intervening)[1990] 1 FLR 114 (which held that, where a petition had been issued in breach of MCA 1973 s 3, it was null and void and that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain it) had been correctly decided and had to be followed.

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