The Marriage That Never Was; Paul Aston Reports on the Curious Divorce between Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall

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Yesterday's High Cout proceedings which ruled Mick Jagger's marriage to Jerry Hall was null and void reflected the couple's determination that "their friendship and mutual respect will endure".

A joint statement from their lawyers, issued when they announced their separation on July 9, said: "They will always be linked through the great shared love they have for their four children and their determination to both play their full part as parents to Elizabeth, James, Georgia May and Gabriel."

The annulment, effectively ending a "marriage that never was", includes what solicitors Mishcon de Reya, for Miss Hall, and Smyth Barkham, for Jagger, then described as a "mutually acceptable legal and financial settlement".

Details will remain confidential at the request of both parties.

Miss Hall was believed to be seeking a pounds 30 million chunk of Jagger's pounds 150 million personal fortune, which includes four luxury homes across the globe. Her claim was thought to include their pounds 5 million Downe House on Richmond Hill, Surrey.

She had started divorce proceedings earlier this year after learning that Brazilian model Luciana Morad, 29, was pregnant following a fling with Jagger. She has since had a son Lucas.

Miss Hall's lawyers filed a petition, based on adultery.

During yesterday's proceeding's Miss Hall's counsel, Lewis Marks, outlined her case for a decree of nullity, which was not defended by Mick Jagger.

After counsel had read out the model's statement to the court in support of her petition, Miss Lucy Stone, for Jagger, said as the case was totally uncontested she had nothing to add on the musician's behalf.

The judge said the first issue he had to decide was whether there had been a "ceremony which purported to be a ceremony of marriage" on November 21, 1990 on the holiday isle of Bali. …