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The courts in England and Wales have jurisdiction in relation to proceedings for divorce and judicial separation under Council Regulation EC 2201/2003 (commonly called Brussels II bis). Under Article 3 of Council Regulation EC 2201/2003, Brussels II bis, in matters relating to divorce, judicial separation and marriage annulment, jurisdiction lies with the courts of the contracting state in whose territory:
the spouses are habitually resident, or
the spouses were last habitually resident, and one of them still resides there
the respondent is habitually resident
in the event of a joint application, either of the spouses is habitually resident—note that this basis of jurisdiction is not relevant to England and Wales due to the repeal of Part II of the Family Law Act 1996 by section 18 of the Children and Families Act 2014
the petitioner is habitually resident having resided there for at least a year immediately before the application was made, or
the petitioner is habitually resident there having resided there for at least six months before the application was made and is either a national of the contracting state or, in the case of the UK and Ireland, is 'domiciled' there
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