(Supreme Court, Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Wilson, Lady Black, Lord Sales, 1 July 2020)
Divorce – Jurisdiction – Maintenance order
By a majority, the Supreme Court dismissed the husband’s appeal, holding that the husband’s divorce proceedings in Scotland was not a ‘related action’ within Article 13 of Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009, such that it had no application to permit the English court to decline jurisdiction in relation to the wife’s maintenance claim.
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On appeal from:  EWCA Civ 1120
Villiers (Appellant) v Villiers (Respondent)
JUDGMENT GIVEN ON
1 July 2020
Heard on 9 and 10 December 2019