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Judgment: An application for a declaration in relation to the marital status of the parties pursuant to section 55 of the Family Law Act 1986. The male partner was a Dutch national. The female partner was from Somaliland. An issue had arisen as to whether their marriage in Somaliland was entitled to formal recognition in England and Wales. Roberts J found that the couple were validly married according to the law of Somaliland. Somaliland had not been recognised as a state by the British Government, but the Foreign & Commonwealth Office informed the judge that the Government would be unlikely to object to recognition on those grounds. The declaration sought was granted: the parties were validly married.

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