Stranded spouses (UK)

by | May 11, 2023

Stranded spouses by Mani Singh Basi, barrister in London, UK

Cases concerning ‘stranded spouses’ often relate to the relocation of children or to international child abduction.

Handling these cases can involve:
– passport orders
– disclosure orders
– Wardship proceedings, and
– return orders.

Mani Singh Basi, barrister at 4PB, is a specialist in cases with an international element. He regularly appears in the High Court in cases relating to the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court such as child abduction cases and what can be regarded as ‘stranded spouse’ cases.

His expertise has been recognised, as he received the Family Law Commentator of the Year Award at the LexisNexis 2022 Family Law Awards.

In May 2023, his book about the legal issues of ‘stranded spouses’ was published by Law Brief Publishing. In this book Mani discusses the different possible situations, such as spouses who are stranded with the perpetrator, spouses who are stranded with the children and stranded spouses who are separated from the children, using his expertise in both child abduction cases and stranded spouses cases.

The book can be ordered online at Law Brief Publishing.


Chapter One – An Introduction to Stranded Spouse Cases
Chapter Two – Defining Stranded Spouse
Chapter Three – Stranded and Separated and the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court
Chapter Four – Stranded and Separated From the Children
Chapter Five – Stranded With the Subject Children
Chapter Six – Being Stranded With the Perpetrator
Chapter Seven – Participation of Parties in Stranded Spouse Cases
Chapter Eight – Outcomes in Stranded Spouse Cases
Chapter Nine – Conclusion


Read more about child relocation and child abduction in the UK – England and Wales.

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