University professor’s challenge to the validity of his 16 year marriage fails

Dawson Cornwell successfully achieved recognition for their client Reem Mofdy, that her marriage to Professor Hayetleh in Homs, Syria, in 1999 was validly entitled to full recognition in England and Wales.

On 15th February 2017, the Court of Appeal threw out a hard-fought challenge mounted by Professor Hayetleh.

Reem Mofdy was represented by Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC (Hon), Tim Scott QC and William Tyzack. After waiting over 3 years Ms Mofdy, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and who has not been receiving any financial support from her husband, is now able to obtain a decree of divorce and seek provision from her husband.

 Ms Hutchinson commented:

 “The challenge to the validity of the marriage was an obvious attempt by Professor Hayetleh to avoid any financial responsibility towards his wife.  It created a long period of limbo and uncertainty for the client, but most important for her was to have confirmation, for cultural and religious reasons, of her status as the wife she always believed herself to be”.

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