A divorce has been annulled after a High Court found that a man forged his wife’s signature on official documents, reports have revealed.
Rachpal and Kewal Randhawa separated in 2009, but Ms Randhawa did not know that she was legally divorced until 12 years later.
According to reports, the pair married at Slough registry office, Berkshire in 1978. They separated in 2009, but remained on amicable terms, even attending family functions as husband and wife.
Mr Randhawa, however, had met another woman, whom he married in 2011.
Unbeknownst to Ms Randhawa, her husband had also forged her signature on official documents to obtain a divorce in 2010.
Annulling the divorce, Judge Moradifar ruled that Mr Randhawa was “the only person with opportunity and motive to ensure that the divorce proceeded without difficulties”.
The ruling comes ahead of the introduction of “no-fault” divorce in April this year. The new laws, which remove the requirement to attribute blame to a partner, could help couples avoid acrimonious divorce battles.
Under current legislation, a partner must prove one of five grounds for divorce: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, two years separation with consent, or five years separation without consent.
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