Divorce – Foreign decree. The husband and wife were both Russians and were married there in 2002. They went through the formalities for divorce required by the law of the Russian Federation at the Consulate of the Russian Federation in London. When the husband sought to marry his fiancée in the United Kingdom, the authorities took the point that the divorce was not recognised. The husband applied to the court for a declaration of marital status. The Family Court held that, under ss 44 and 45 of the Family Law Act 1986, the divorce was not recognised in the United Kingdom and, therefore, the parties remained married under English law.