Judge asked to decide whether wealthy businessman is already divorced

A Russian businessman claims his estranged wife cannot divorce him in England because they are already divorced.

The man told a High Court judge that he divorced his wife in Russia 12 years ago.

His estranged wife, however, disagrees saying that obtained a “fraudulent” divorce in Russia.

The woman, who is also Russian, argues that she should be permitted to launch divorce proceedings in England.

Mrs Justice Parker has been asked to decide whether any divorce in Russia is valid and is analysing the dispute at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

A decision is expected to be made a later in the year.

The pair were in court a few months earlier battling over the custody of their two teenage sons and had reportedly run up close to £1 million in lawyers’ bills.